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Former US President Donald Trump has been convicted of sexual harassment and defamation by a New York federal jury. He must pay $5m in compensation and penalties to writer and journalist Jean Carroll, whom he inappropriately touched in a department store in the 1990s, and then slandered in the fall of 2022 when he denied her allegations. Carroll had alleged that Trump raped her, but the jury did not find him guilty of that specific accusation. Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign has said that the verdict will be appealed. The decision is another legal setback for Trump.
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On May 9, a New York federal jury convicted the 45th President, Donald Trump, of sexual harassment and defamation. He inappropriately touched writer and journalist Jean Carroll in a department store in the 1990s and also slandered her in the fall of 2022 when he denied her allegations. Now he must pay $5 million in compensation and penalties. Writes about it CNBC.
The verdict in the civil case came after less than three hours of deliberations in the US District Court in Lower Manhattan.
In particular, the jury did not find Trump guilty of rape, as Carroll alleged.
“I have absolutely no idea who this woman is. This verdict is a disgrace,” Trump wrote in a post on his Truth Social page.
A spokesman for his 2024 presidential campaign said: “This case will be appealed and ultimately we will win.”
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Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan said: “We are very happy” as she walked out of the courthouse with her client. Carroll did not speak to reporters.
The verdict is another legal blow to Trump, who leads the preliminary polls for the Republican presidential nomination. In late March, a Manhattan Supreme Court grand jury indicted him on nearly three dozen counts, including falsifying business documents in connection with a 2016 silence payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Trump also faces a pending federal criminal investigation into his attempts to undo his defeat in the 2020 presidential election and his failure to turn in government documents when he left the White House in early 2021. He may be indicted by a Georgia grand jury for his attempt to force officials to overturn President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory in that state.
Carroll, 79, alleged in her lawsuit that Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman fitting room in the mid-1990s.
Trump cannot be prosecuted for alleged rape because the statute of limitations for such a crime has long since passed.
But Carroll sued him with a civil lawsuit under a New York state law passed in late 2022 that opened a year-long window for sexual harassment lawsuits that would otherwise be statute-barred.
Carroll also claimed that Trump slandered her last fall when he said she made up the rape.
Trump, 76, called the allegations a “complete scam” and said she was not his “type.”
Despite this claim, Trump mistook Carroll for his second wife, Marla Maples, in a photograph of him and Carroll together in the 1980s.
Trump did not testify during the trial.
But video clips of his testimony, filmed last fall by Carroll’s lawyer, were shown to jurors during the trial and during the closing debate.
In this testimony, Trump was asked about his comments in 2005 during a taping of the television entertainment show Access Hollywood, in which he boasted, “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women – I just start kissing them, it’s like a magnet.”
“Just a kiss. I’m not expecting anything,” Trump said on the tape. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” he said, “including grabbing their vagina.”
Trump told Carroll’s attorney during his testimony that the comments were “locker room conversations.”
But he also said that “historically it has always been the case with stars” that they could touch women without their permission.
“If you look at the last million years, I think that was pretty much true,” Trump testified in his testimony. Not always, but mostly true. Unfortunately or fortunately.
Carroll testified as a witness.
“I am here because Trump raped me,” she said.
In her testimony, Carroll said she met Trump by chance at Bergdorf Goodman, where he recognized her. She said that when they ended up in the lingerie section of the store, he entered the dressing room, pinned her against the wall, and raped her.
Two of Carroll’s girlfriends, Lisa Birnbach and Carol Marin, said she told them shortly after the alleged incident that Trump had raped her.
Two other women said Trump kissed and groped them without their consent in incidents that happened years apart.
A spokesperson for Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign said of the jury’s verdict: “The Democratic Party’s ongoing manhunt for President Trump hit new bottom today.”
“In jurisdictions entirely controlled by the Democratic Party, our national justice system is currently compromised by extremist left-wing politics,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Make no mistake, this whole bogus case is a political effort aimed at President Trump because he is now the leading candidate for re-election as President of the United States.”
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