A jury Tuesday found Donald Trump liable for sexually abusing and defaming E. Jean Carroll, awarding the writer a total of about $5 million in a significant defeat for the former president.
Carroll sued Trump for battery, alleging his conduct qualified as a sexual offense because it was rape, sexual abuse or forcible touching. While the jury did not find that she had proven rape, they did find she proved Trump committed sexual abuse, allowing her to receive damages for her battery claim.
A jury in Manhattan federal court found Donald Trump liable for defamation in a civil lawsuit brought by writer E. Jean Carroll.
Trump should pay nearly $3 million in damages to Carroll for successfully proving her defamation claim against him, the jury found.
It also found that Trump should pay about $2 million in damages for her civil battery claim, bringing the total to $5 million.
Under New York Adult Survivors Act, passed in May 2022, survivors of sexual offenses are able to file a civil lawsuit against a perpetrator for damages even if the statutory window of time to bring a claim has expired, as long as they can also show the offense qualifies as a sex crime under the law.
Columnist E. Jean Carroll walked out of a NYC courthouse Tuesday with a smile after a jury found former President Donald Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation, and awarded her $5 million in the judgment pic.twitter.com/3ZMJG2FAbr— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 9, 2023