The Manhattan jury has reached a verdict in E. Jean Carroll's federal lawsuit
Accusing former President Donald Trump of sexual abuse and defamation. Carroll, known as the "Ask E. Jean" advice columnist, accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman fitting room decades ago.
The Manhattan jury has reached a verdict in the federal lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll, the “Ask E. Jean” advice columnist, against former President Donald Trump. Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman fitting room decades ago, most likely in 1996. The former president was found liable for sexual abuse and defamation and has been ordered to pay over $5 million in damages.
A nine-person panel, consisting of three women and six men, arrived at the decision on Tuesday after three hours of deliberations. The jury's decision followed an eight-day trial in Manhattan federal court. The jurors were responsible for determining whether Trump, the 45th president of the United States, was liable for battery in Carroll's case.
In addition to the battery allegations, the jurors were required to determine whether Trump defamed Carroll when he publicly denied her allegations. The former president claimed that he had never met her and accused her of fabricating the story for political reasons and to boost sales of her book.
The trial, which began with opening statements from both sides, presented evidence and testimony from various witnesses. Carroll's legal team argued that Trump's denial of the allegations and subsequent defamation caused her emotional distress and damaged her reputation.
On the other hand, the defense questioned the credibility of Carroll's account and argued that her claims were politically motivated. They highlighted the lack of physical evidence to substantiate her allegations and pointed out inconsistencies in her story.
The jury ultimately sided with her despite the defense's efforts to undermine Carroll's credibility. The verdict marks a significant legal victory for Carroll, who has been pursuing justice against Trump for years.
The implications of this verdict extend beyond the case itself, as it sets a precedent for holding powerful figures accountable for their actions. It also underscores the importance of providing a platform for survivors of sexual abuse to share their stories and seek justice.
Carroll's victory has sparked a range of reactions, from relief and support for her courage to skepticism and criticism of the legal system. Regardless of one's perspective on the case, the verdict serves as a reminder of the judiciary's role in upholding the principles of justice and fairness in society.
As the dust settles on this high-profile trial, E. Jean Carroll's pursuit of justice against former President Trump has come to a conclusion. The outcome of the case, with Trump being found liable for sexual abuse and defamation, is bound to leave a lasting impact on the public discourse surrounding sexual abuse allegations and the accountability of powerful individuals.