Donald Trump sexually abused Jean Carroll, jury finds, awards millions in damages

The ruling comes weeks after Trump was indicted in Manhattan over alleged hush cash paid to grownup movie star Stormy Daniels.


He’s additionally going through a string of different authorized issues, together with a Georgia investigation into election interference, a federal probe into the dealing with of categorised paperwork and one other investigation into his function within the January 6 Capitol assault.

On the time of the sexual abuse, Carroll was well-known in Manhattan’s media circles for her long-running “Ask E. Jean” recommendation column for Elle journal.

She claims the incident occurred one night when she ran into Trump at Bergdorf Goodman, an upscale division retailer in Manhattan.

The jury heard that Trump requested her to assist him select a gift for an additional girl (he was married to Marla Maples on the time) after which assaulted her in a lingerie dressing room, the place he allegedly knocked her head in opposition to a wall, pulled down her tights and briefly penetrated her earlier than she pushed him off and ran out.

She additionally claimed that years later, Trump defamed her and broken her status when she lastly spoke out publicly concerning the assault.

Carroll’s authorized staff had referred to as 10 different witnesses, together with two ladies who declare that they had additionally been attacked by Trump, and two pals who declare that Carroll advised them concerning the assault quickly after it occurred.

Trump was free to attend the trial however didn’t seem and the one knowledgeable witness he was planning to name, a psychiatrist, was withdrawn on the final minute over well being points.


In his absence, the jury relied on a video deposition from October final 12 months, wherein he was questioned by Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan concerning the case.

In the course of the deposition, Trump was requested concerning the now notorious Entry Hollywood tape, wherein he was overheard bragging to TV host Billy Bush about groping ladies with out their consent.

“Once you’re a star, they allow you to do it,” he stated, unaware that there was a scorching mic. “Seize ’em by the p—y. You are able to do something.”

Requested by Kaplan if this was true, Trump replied: “Properly, when you look over the past million years, I suppose that’s been largely true. Not at all times, however largely true. Sadly – or thankfully.”

His declare that Carroll was not his “kind” was additionally undercut when he mistook {a photograph} of his accuser for Maples, his second spouse.

“It’s Marla,” he stated, earlier than being advised the blonde girl within the photograph he was inspecting was Carroll. “Is that Carroll? As a result of it’s very blurry.”

Trump’s lawyer Joe Tacopina, however, described the allegations as an “unbelievable work of fiction” and an “affront to justice”.

He pointed to gaps in Carroll’s proof, resembling the truth that she couldn’t keep in mind the precise date, month or 12 months she was assaulted, or that she didn’t report the assault to police or point out it till a few years later, as indicators that her allegation was a lie.

“It’s not a coincidence all [of them can’t slim down the timeframe as a result of they don’t wish to give Donald Trump the chance to current an alibi witness,” Tacopina advised the jury.


In the end, after three hours of deliberations, the jury discovered Trump liable, awarding Carroll $US2.7 million ($4 million) in compensatory damages, in addition to $US280,000 in punitive damages for her defamation declare.

Jurors awarded Carroll $US2 million in compensatory damages and $US20,000 in punitive damages for her battery declare. Whole damages awarded quantity to $US5 million.

Talking after the decision, Tacopina stated “there have been loads of points to enchantment”.

Whereas he was pleased the jury rejected the declare of rape, “I’m not pleased that he was discovered chargeable for something in any way primarily based on the proof”.

“It’s a bit inconsistent as a result of all alongside she has claimed it was a rape … and the jury rejected it, so it’s exhausting to form of sq. that with the remainder of the decision,” he added.

Till lately, the statute of limitations for civil claims by sexual assault survivors in New York was usually three years. Nevertheless, in 2021, the state handed the Grownup Survivors Act, which created a one-year window – from November 24, 2022, to November 24, 2023 – wherein the statute of limitations was lifted, permitting folks to make claims.

Activists and sexual assault survivors hope the transfer will lead to extra ladies coming ahead with allegations – significantly in opposition to highly effective males.

“Once you’re raped by an individual who was successfully a world model, the fallout envelopes each side of your life,” stated survivor Drew Dixon from the sufferer help organisation Secure Horizon.

“The sheer ubiquity of somebody who is known, highly effective and tremendous wealthy makes it virtually unimaginable to maneuver on.”

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