Trump Found Liable for Sexual Abuse of E. Jean Carroll

E. Jean Carroll

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A New York jury on May 9 found Republican 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump liable to the tune of $5 million for sexually abusing New York Times columnist E. Jean Carroll in 1996 and for defaming her after she publicly accused him in 2019.

Though the jury did not uphold the plaintiff’s claim that Trump raped her in a New York department store, its judgment is seen as her vindication over the former president, who has been accused of sexual harassment or assault by more than a dozen women.

From the Associated Press:

The trial revisited the lightning-rod topic of Trump’s conduct toward women.

Carroll gave multiple days of frank, occasionally emotional testimony, buttressed by two friends who told jurors she reported the alleged attack to them in the moments and day afterward.

Jurors also heard from Jessica Leeds, a former stockbroker who testified that Trump abruptly groped her against her will on an airplane in the 1970s, and from Natasha Stoynoff, a writer who said Trump forcibly kissed her against her will while she was interviewing him for a 2005 article.

The six-man, three-woman jury also saw the well-known 2005 “Access Hollywood” hot mic recording of Trump talking about kissing and grabbing women without asking.

The Associated Press typically does not name people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly, as Carroll, Leeds and Stoynoff have done.

Trump’s legal woes continue. He remains under felony indictment in New York on 34 counts of falsifying business records and also faces an ongoing investigation into classified documents found in his Florida residence, the Justice Department’s exploration of whether Trump or his minions incited the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, and a Georgia probe deciding if Trump broke the law in trying to overturn the state’s 2020 presidential election results.

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