Former President Donald J. Trump has been found liable for sexually abusing and defaming magazine writer E. Jean Carroll.

The jury, comprised of six men and three women, rejected Carroll’s claims of rape. Even with two of Carroll’s witnesses largely matching her recollection of the incident, they still couldn’t prove that Trump engaged in sexual intercourse with her.

Although claims of rape could not be proven, the jury determined that Carroll was sexually abused and defamed.



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In November 2019, Carroll file a lawsuit against Trump accusing him of rape that allegedly happened in Bergdorf Goodman in the mid-1990s. Trump denied her claims in an October 2022 post, on his self-made Truth Social platform, calling her a liar and the claims a “complete con job.”

Carroll was fired from Elle, where she had been working for 26 years, within months of Trump’s post.

Before the eight-day trial came to an end, Trump posted once again on his Truth Social account claiming that he was not “not allowed to speak or defend” himself. In contrast, Trump was in fact, given three days to testify and was asked multiple times to speak but refused to do so.

Trump was ordered to pay Carroll $5 million in damages.

Among the numerous sexual allegations Trump faces, Carroll’s case is the first to find Trump liable.



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