(CTN News) – The jury in a New York case has ordered former US President Donald Trump to pay an astounding $83.3 million in compensation to writer E. Jean Carroll.
Carroll’s initial claim for defamation damages of $10 million was struck down by a swift and resounding federal court decision. Trump’s actions and their impact on Carroll are demonstrated by the jury’s verdict, which includes $65 million in punitive damages.
The case stems from Carroll’s allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trump in 1996, for which a federal jury found him liable last year.
As a result of the recent verdict, Trump’s legal entanglements have been expanded to include criminal cases related to the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and civil business fraud cases.
During his campaign for a return to the White House in November, Trump has made the ongoing legal battles an integral part of his narrative.
During the announcement, Donald Trump, who was absent, described the decision as “ridiculous” and expressed his intention to appeal the decision.
The lawyer for Carroll, Alina Habba, sought to have the case dismissed on the grounds that threatening messages targeting Carroll began on social media before President Trump’s 2019 remarks. This request was denied by the judge, ensuring that the jury’s attention remained focused on Carroll’s substantial damages.
In the trial, Donald Trump briefly took the witness stand, vehemently denying that he had been instructed to harm Carroll through his statements. The judge imposed restrictions, limiting Trump’s responses to yes or no answers in order to prevent potential disparagement of the court or Carroll’s reputation.
Donald Trump’s dissatisfaction was evident as he left the courtroom, declaring, “This is not America.”
Donald Trump strategically exploited the case for media attentionhis victimization claims despite not being required to appear in court or testify.