Jury finds Trump sexually abused, defamed writer E. Jean Carroll in civil case

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A New York jury on Tuesday found former US president Donald Trump sexually abused writer E. Jean Carroll and then defamed her with his denials, awarding her $5 million in damages. The nine-member jury reached a unanimous verdict in the civil trial.

Donald Trump sexually abused magazine writer E. Jean Carroll in the 1990s and then defamed her by branding her a liar, jurors decided on Tuesday, dealing the former U.S. president a legal setback as he campaigns to retake office in 2024.

The nine-member jury in Manhattan federal court awarded $5 million in compensatory and punitive damages. Although the finding of sexual abuse was enough to establish his liability for battery, the jury did not find that Trump raped her.

The jury deliberated for just under three hours before rejecting Trump's denial that he assaulted Carroll. To find him liable, the jury of six men and three women was required to reach a unanimous verdict.

Carroll held hands with her lawyers as the verdict was read. Trump was absent throughout the trial which began on April 25.

Carroll, 79, testified during the civil trial that Trump, 76, raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman department store dressing room in Manhattan in either 1995 or 1996, then harmed her reputation by writing in an October 2022 post on his Truth Social platform that her claims were a "complete con job," "a hoax" and "a lie."

President from 2017 to 2021, Trump is the front-runner in opinion polls for the Republican presidential nomination and has shown an uncanny ability to weather controversies that might sink other politicians.

Any negative impact is likely to be small and limited to suburban women and moderate Republicans, he said.

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