E. Jean Carroll on Trump’s $83 Million Jury Verdict: ‘They Said ‘Enough’

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E. Jean Carrollthe writer who accused the former president Donald Trump Sexual assault and it was He was awarded $83.3 million in damages Friday for defamatory statements, she said she believed the jury was sending a message with its verdict.

“I think they said ‘enough is enough,'” Carroll said in an interview with “CBS Morning” on Monday. “Stop saying horrible, ridiculous, terrible things about me.”

Trump pledged to appeal the decision by A Federal grand jury in New York, which awarded Carroll $65 million in punitive damages and $18.3 million in compensatory damages for defamatory statements she made after Carroll accused Trump in 2019 of sexually assaulting her in a department store dressing room decades earlier. When Trump denied the allegations, calling her a “hit job” and claiming they had never met, Carroll sued him.

Carroll’s lawyers said Trump’s comments exposed her to threats and damaged her reputation. The jury found the former president Liable for defamation and sexual assault In the first lawsuit last year. On Friday, the jury in the second trial was tasked with making the decision What are the damages? He will receive Carol.

“Who could imagine $83 million?” Carroll said of the amount she received.

“It’s inspiring, this amount of money. We can really do a lot of good with this money,” she said.

E. Jane Carroll leaves court after the end of her civil defamation trial against former President Donald Trump on January 26, 2024 in New York City.  / Credit: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images/Getty Images

E. Jane Carroll leaves court after the end of her civil defamation trial against former President Donald Trump on January 26, 2024 in New York City. / Credit: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images/Getty Images

Carroll described how “terrifying” it was when she expected to see Trump in the courtroom, noting that she “lost her language and had a breakdown” as she prepared for this moment. But when she saw him everything changed.

“It turned out to be nothing. The fear was gone,” Carroll said. “It’s just…it’s nothing. I’ve been terrified this whole time. It’s nothing.”

Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, said Trump persisted Behavior throughout the trialwhether in the courtroom or through posts on social media, likely contributed to the jury’s verdict.

“He repeatedly misbehaved in the courtroom and withdrew from my closing arguments,” Kaplan noted, “…during the trial, he continued to post nasty and defamatory things about E. Jane on Truth Social, filmed videos, and did journalism.” Conferences, and we played it all in front of the jury. And we said, “He can’t respect our system. There was a jury verdict that said he can’t do this anymore, and he continues to do it.”

Although Trump has so far avoided making comments about her after the latest ruling, Carroll indicated that she does not expect the former president’s behavior to stop.

“If Donald Trump needs to use me again to raise campaign money, I think he will do it,” Carroll said. “He’s just using us. If he needs us, he’ll do it again.”

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