Former President found liable for defaming E Jean Carroll
Jury awards $18.3 million in compensatory damages and $65 million in punitive damages
In a landmark ruling, former President Donald Trump has been ordered to pay $83.3 million in a defamation lawsuit filed by writer E Jean Carroll. The jury awarded Carroll $18.3 million in compensatory damages and $65 million in punitive damages.
Carroll, a former columnist for Elle Magazine, accused Trump of rape in her book “What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal.” Trump denied the allegation, leading Carroll to sue him for defamation. This is the second lawsuit Carroll has filed against Trump, accusing him of rape and defamation for his social media posts.
New York Law Allows Lawsuit
Despite the statute of limitations expiring, Carroll was able to sue Trump due to a law passed in New York in 2019. This law allows adults to file a one-time civil case despite the expiration of the statute of limitations.
Trump has vehemently denied Carroll’s allegations and called the trial a “witch hunt.” He plans to appeal the verdict, citing a “conflict of interest” between Carroll’s attorney and the judge presiding over the case.
Impact on Carroll
Carroll’s reputation has been significantly damaged by Trump’s public comments. She has received threats and has been portrayed as a “whack job.” Following the verdict, Carroll expressed her intention to use the awarded funds for a positive cause.
Public Opinion and Reactions
Supporters of Trump have pointed to previous remarks made by Carroll that raised concerns about her credibility. Trump’s legal team was barred from arguing that Carroll fabricated her account of the assault. Public opinion remains divided on the case.
This verdict sets a precedent for holding public figures accountable for their statements. It highlights the power of defamation laws in protecting individuals’ reputations.