Former President Donald Trump Ordered to Pay $83.3 Million in Defamation Lawsuit: Advise Columnist Victorious

New York, NY – A federal civil jury has ruled that former President Donald Trump must pay advice columnist E. Jean Carroll a staggering $83.3 million for defaming her in 2019. The defamation lawsuit was filed after Trump denied Carroll’s allegations of sexual assault, asserting that “people should pay dearly for such false accusations.” The jury deliberated for just three hours before reaching the decision on Friday.

Carroll’s lawyers sought significant damages against the former president, and they were not disappointed. The jury awarded Carroll $18.3 million in compensatory damages and an additional $65 million in punitive damages. The compensatory damages include $11 million for a public relations campaign to restore Carroll’s reputation and $7.3 million for pain and suffering.

Trump, who left the courtroom before the verdict was read, expressed his displeasure on social media and vowed to appeal the decision. In a post on his social media platform Truth Social, he called the verdict “absolutely ridiculous” and criticized the legal system for being used as a “political weapon.”

Carroll, on the other hand, greeted the verdict with a smile. In a statement, she described it as a “great victory for every woman who stands up when she’s been knocked down” and a “huge defeat for every bully who has tried to keep a woman down.”

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who is Trump’s last remaining rival for the Republican presidential nomination, seized on the verdict to attack the former president. Haley criticized Trump for focusing on the damages instead of addressing pressing issues like the border and inflation. She stated, “America can do better than Donald Trump and Joe Biden.”

Carroll’s lead counsel, Roberta Kaplan, had asked the jury for a minimum of $24 million in compensatory damages and also sought significant punitive damages. Kaplan argued that Trump cares about money and asked, “How much will it take to make him stop?”

This is not the first lawsuit between Carroll and Trump. Last May, a jury found Trump liable for sexually abusing Carroll and defaming her in 2022. The new verdict specifically addressed Trump’s initial denials in 2019, when Carroll first publicly accused him of raping her in the mid-1990s.

Carroll’s lawyers argued that Trump’s denials unleashed his supporters upon her, leading to a barrage of threatening messages. One attacker even sent a death threat that made Carroll fear for her life. Trump skipped the first defamation trial but attended the recent proceedings and testified briefly.

The jury’s decision is seen as a significant victory for Carroll and other victims of sexual abuse. The large damages awarded highlight the legal repercussions a public figure like Trump can face for defamation and the impact it can have on victims speaking out.

Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s counsel, expressed satisfaction with the verdict, stating that it demonstrates that the law applies to everyone, even the rich and famous. Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, vowed to appeal the decision, claiming that they were denied every defense and asserting her support for Trump standing up to the judge.

This trial and its outcome mark a crucial chapter in the ongoing legal battles between E. Jean Carroll and Donald Trump, shedding light on the power dynamics surrounding sexual assault allegations and the potential consequences for those who deny or discredit survivors.