Former US President Donald Trump has been found responsible for “sexual abuse”, “battery”, and “insult” in a civil lawsuit brought by magazine writer E. Jean Carroll. After a week-long hearing in Manhattan Federal Court, a 9-member jury unanimously reached the verdict in favor of Carroll. However, the jury denied the allegation that Trump raped Carroll. The decision has ordered Trump to pay $2 million for sexual harassment and assault and $3 million for defamation, totaling $5 million in damages.
Shortly after the decision was announced, Trump took to social media to deny the allegations and said, “I have no idea who this woman is. This decision is shameful, it is the continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time.”
Carroll publicly accused Trump in 2019 of sexually assaulting and raping her in the dressing room of the Bergdorf Goodman store in New York in the spring of 1996. Trump denied the allegations and said, “That woman is not my type.”
The decision has added to the mounting legal troubles faced by the former president, including his ongoing investigation into his business dealings and taxes. The verdict will also have broader implications for other women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.