Trump ordered to pay $83.3 million to E. Jean Carroll in defamation trial
Trump ordered to pay $83.3 million to E. Jean Carroll in defamation trial Summary of The Guardian’s News
A jury awarded E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million in her defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump.
This comes after Carroll won $5 million in a separate sexual abuse and defamation trial against Trump last year.
The new sum stems from Carroll’s claim that Trump defamed her by denying her accusation of sexual assault.
Trump denies the assault and vowed to appeal the verdict.
The trial was marked by several dramatic moments, including Trump’s brief testimony and disruptions due to COVID-19.
The $83.3 million includes $18.3 million in compensatory damages and $65 million in punitive damages.
The compensatory damages will go towards funding a reputational repair campaign for Carroll and compensating her for emotional harm.
The punitive damages are meant to punish Trump and deter him from making similar defamatory statements in the future.
Trump argued that the lawsuit was politically motivated and called it a “witch hunt.”
This verdict could have broader implications for other defamation cases against Trump.