A Manhattan federal jury has determined that former US President Donald Trump is liable to pay $83.3 million to writer E. Jean Carroll for defamatory statements he made against her in 2019.
The nine-member jury, consisting of two women and seven men, ordered Trump on Friday to pay Carroll a total of $11 million for a reputational repair program, $7.3 million in other compensatory damages, and $65 million in punitive damages. This sum exceeds eight times the amount Carroll initially sought in her lawsuit, as reported by Xinhua news agency.
Notably, Trump had left the courthouse minutes before the verdict was delivered and was not present when the jury announced their decision. Reacting to the verdict on Truth Social, Trump criticized it as "absolutely ridiculous" and declared his intention to appeal.
This marks the second time Carroll has been awarded damages from Trump in a trial. In May of the previous year, a separate Manhattan federal jury granted Carroll $5 million in damages, including almost $3 million for defamation. The jury found that Trump not only sexually abused Carroll but also defamed her in 2022 through public statements that disparaged her and denied the allegations.
Carroll, a former magazine columnist, had accused Trump of raping her in a department store in the mid-1990s, and she claimed that he defamed her when he publicly rejected her allegations.
(With Agency Inputs)