Trump must pay Jean Carroll more than $83 million in defamation damages, according to jury rules
The nine-person jury began deliberations in federal court in New York at 1:40 p.m. ET I came to power In just under three hours.
The award included $11 million for damages to Carroll’s reputation, $7.3 million for emotional and other damages, and $65 million in punitive damages.
The decision came after controversy Closing arguments Which witnessed Trump’s exit from the courtroom. He returned for his attorney’s closing arguments but left the courtroom at 4 p.m. before the jury returned its verdict.
He posted about it on his social media platform Truth Social shortly after. “Absolutely ridiculous!” He wrote, adding that it would be attractive. “They took away all my First Amendment rights. This is not America!
Carroll did not comment when she left the courtroom.
Trump already was Found responsible For defaming Carroll while he was president by ridiculing her claims that he had sexually assaulted her, this jury was therefore only tasked with deciding how much to pay in damages.
Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, asked the jury for at least $24 million in compensatory damages and “lots and lots of money” in punitive damages to prevent him from continuing to defame her.
She said Trump “believes the rules don’t apply to him.” “He believes with his wealth and power that he can treat Ms. Carroll any way he wants and he won’t suffer any consequences,” she said, noting the number of times he has continued to publicly criticize Carroll since he was first found liable for defaming her last year. She urged the jury to “make him pay for what he did to E. Jean Carroll.”
On Thursday, the jury was shown several examples of Trump’s repeated shots at Carroll in front of reporters and on social media since Carroll’s killing. Verdict: $5 million It was delivered in the other case last year. While the trial was recessed for COVID-19 reasons earlier this week, Trump posted about Carroll about three dozen times on his website Truth Social.
Trump’s lawyer Alina Haba asserted that Carroll “failed to establish her right to any damages at all” because she “actively sought the comments and attention” she received. She also said that Trump was not responsible for the number of online threats she received after her announcement. “He has as much control over social media users as he controls the weather,” she said.
Haba asserted that the expert report used by Carroll, which said repairing her reputation would cost between $7 million and $12 million, contained “more holes than Swiss cheese.” The jury awarded Carroll $11 million on this claim.
The trial began on January 16, and Trump was the final witness in the case. Shahid L Less than five minutes.
This is Carroll’s second ruling against Trump. A different jury last year found Trump liable for sexually assaulting her in a New York City department store in the 1990s and defaming her by mocking her allegations after he left the White House. They granted it 5 million dollars In damages, a ruling that Trump is appealing.
US District Judge Lewis Kaplan found Trump liable for defamation in the current case based on the jury’s findings. This finding prevented Trump from testifying that Carroll’s claim was fabricated, but Trump was able to do so in his brief testimony. He added: “I consider it a false accusation.”
This story first appeared on NBCNews.com.
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