On Friday afternoon, a jury ruled that Donald Trump is required to pay E. Jean Carroll a sum of $83.3 million due to defamatory remarks he made about the writer .
The verdict was reached by an anonymous federal jury, consisting of seven men and two women, after nearly three hours of deliberation in a civil trial. The trial aimed to determine the amount of compensation — if any — the former president should pay the writer as a penalty for his derogatory comments in 2019 and his denial of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s.
In a separate civil trial held last spring, the former president was already found liable for sexual abuse and defamation and was ordered to pay $5 million in damages. The focus of this trial was specifically on his statements made in 2019.
This month, Carroll’s legal team made a case in court, advocating for their client to receive $24 million in damages for both emotional distress and reputation repair.
“Ladies and gentleman, this isn’t a campaign rally. It’s not a press event. It’s a court of law and Miss Carroll’s life,” During the final arguments, Carroll’s lawyer, Shawn Crowley, made his statement. “Donald Trump sexually assaulted her. He defamed her. He is not the victim.”
In the end, the Manhattan jury awarded Carroll $18.3 million in compensatory damages, $11 million for reputation repair, and $7.3 million for the emotional distress caused by Trump’s defamatory remarks, as reported by CNN. An additional $65 million was awarded as punitive damages for the alleged malice in Trump’s statements.
Upon announcing the verdict, Judge Lewis Kaplan, who has often been at the receiving end of Trump’s social media tirades, shared some sage advice with the jurors, whose identities remain confidential.“My advice to you is that you never disclose that you were on this jury, and I won’t say anything more about it.”
Trump swiftly criticized the verdict on Truth Social, labeling it as “absolutely ridiculous” and expressed his intention to appeal the decision.