Cybersecdn– Jurors in Donald Trump’s defamation case decided in less than three hours that he should pay $83.3 million to writer E. Jean Carroll for defaming her after she claimed Trump raped her in a downtown New York City department store in the 1990s. A jury in a related trial last year found Trump accountable for the rape and ordered him to pay Carroll $5 million for defaming her in public in the fall of 2022.
This second trial is on comments Trump made in 2019 when Carroll first revealed her tale. At the time, Trump denied meeting her and claimed she was not his “type,” among other things. Carroll testified at both trials that Trump’s remarks sparked an avalanche of online hostility, made her fearful for her life, and destroyed her job and personal reputation.
Carroll’s attorneys asked jurors Friday to award her $24 million in damages in this case. “One of the questions you have to decide is whether he acted with malice,” Shawn Crowley, a Carroll lawyer, told the jurors during closing arguments. “What could be more on-brand for Donald Trump than malice?”
“This is not a campaign rally or a press event. This is a courtroom. “And it’s Ms. Carroll’s life,” Crowley said. “Donald Trump sexually assaulted her.” He made false accusations about her. He continues to defame her. He isn’t the victim. This is her entire life. Assist her in taking it back. Make it end. “Make him pay enough so he stops.”
The jury was summoned to deliberate at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, and by 4:30 p.m., it had reached a decision. In this case, jurors were not required to assess if Trump raped Carroll. Lewis Kaplan, a federal court judge, repeatedly informed them that this issue had already been resolved properly. Their role was to focus on the purported defamation.
Carroll was granted $7.3 million in compensation for her reputational loss, $11 million to assist in rehabilitating her reputation, and $65 million in punitive penalties. Last week, when Donald Trump began whining loudly in the courtroom where he was on trial, Kaplan ordered him to behave or face the consequences.