The jury did not want to confirm the rape allegation against Donald Trump, but the ex-US President still has to pay a fine of millions: he was found guilty of sexual abuse and defamation.
Former US President Donald Trump has been fined $5 million for a sexual assault on journalist E. Jean Carroll. According to the US media, the nine jurors of a federal court in New York ruled that Trump did not rape Carroll in the mid-1990s, but sexually abused him. Trump was also convicted of defamation in the civil trial.
Trump: “She’s not my type”
Carroll, now 79, accuses Trump of raping her in the dressing room of a luxury department store in New York in the spring of 1996. The long-time columnist for Elle magazine only made her accusation public in 2019, when Trump was president. Trump accused Carroll of lying and said she wasn’t his “type”.
Carroll then sued the President for defamation, and later in a second lawsuit for the alleged rape itself, and again for defamation. She asked for undisclosed damages.
“I have absolutely no idea who this woman is”
Trump described the verdict on his online platform Truth Social as a “disgrace” and “the continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time”. Referring to Carroll, the 76-year-old Republican, who wants to run again in the 2024 presidential election, said: “I have no idea who this woman is.”
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The author’s lawyer welcomes the outcome of the proceedings. “We are very satisfied,” said Roberta Kaplan as she left the New York courthouse alongside her client. Caroll herself did not comment outside the courthouse.
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