Panel Directs Trump to Disburse Additional $83.3 Million to E. Jean Carroll in Libel Lawsuit

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TOPSHOT - Former US President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower for Manhattan federal court for the second defamation trial against him, in New York City on January 22, 2024. Writer E. Jean Carroll is seeking more than $10 million in damages in the civil trial, alleging that Trump defamed her in 2019 when he was president and she had just come out with her allegation, saying she "is not my type." This is separate to a civil case last year where another New York jury found Trump liable for sexually assaulting Carroll in a department store dressing room in 1996 and subsequently defaming her in 2022, when he called her a "complete con job." (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
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E. Jean Carroll Awarded Additional $83.3 Million in Defamation Case Against Donald Trump

The latest news from the source of Reader Wall reveals that former advice columnist E. Jean Carroll has been granted an additional $83.3 million by a jury. The award was given in relation to allegations of defamation made by Carroll against former President Donald Trump, who she contends severely tarnished her reputation by branding her as a liar following her accusation of sexual assault against him.

Details of the Verdict

The verdict was delivered on a recent Friday by a jury composed of seven men and two women. The ex-president regularly attended the trial and was noted for abruptly exiting the courtroom during the closing argument of Carroll’s legal counsel, only to return later.

Trump had left the premises in his motorcade by the time the verdict was announced, to which Carroll reacted with a smile. It wasn’t the first time that a verdict was issued related to Carroll’s claim of a violent encounter with Trump in 1996 at a Bergdorf Goodman store. According to her, what began as harmless flirtation escalated into Trump forcing himself onto her after backing her against a dressing room wall and pulling down her tights.

Previous Verdicts

Harking back to May of the same year, another jury awarded Carroll $5 million. They concluded that Trump was not liable for rape but was accountable for sexually abusing Carroll and subsequently smearing her reputation by claiming she fabricated the accusation. Trump is currently appealing that award.

The Role of this New Jury

The new jury’s role was to determine the amount that Trump, now aged 77, should pay Carroll, 80, as reparation for two statements he made while serving as president. This issue was delayed by earlier legal appeals and pertains to the responses he gave to reporters’ inquiries following the publication of excerpts from Carroll’s memoir. Jurors were not asked to revaluate the issue of whether the sexual attack actually occurred.

Carroll’s Demand

Attorneys representing Carroll requested $24 million in compensatory damages and an unusually large amount in punitive damages. This was supported by Northwestern University sociologist Ashlee Humphreys, who told the jury that Trump’s statements from 2019 had caused damages to Carroll’s reputation to the tune of between $7.2 million and $12.1 million.

Trump’s Testimony

In his testimony, when asked whether he stood by a deposition where he called Carroll a “liar” and a “whack job”, Trump responded: “100 percent. Yes.” Following a question about denying the allegation merely because Carroll made an accusation, he stated: “That’s exactly right. She said something, I consider it a false accusation.” In response to whether he ever asked anyone to harm Carroll, he responded: “No. I just wanted to defend myself, my family, and frankly, the presidency.” However, the judge ordered the jury to ignore the comment about the “false accusation” and everything Trump said following the “No” to the last question.

Trump’s Behavior During the Trial

During the trial, Trump tested the judge’s patience. He complained about a “witch hunt” and a “con job” within hearing distance of jurors, leading the judge to threaten him with removal from the courtroom if such behavior was to continue. To this, Trump stated he would “love it.” Later that day, at a press conference, he referred to the judge as a “nasty judge.”

Elijah Muhammad