Former US President Donald Trump to pay author Jean Carroll $83.3 million for defamation It was decided by a jury in New York. Trump announced on his online network Truth Social that he intends to appeal the ruling.
Carroll sued Trump for defamation over social media posts, press conferences and campaign events. The compensation amount has exceeded the requested ten million dollars many times over.
The case is the second civil case between Carroll and Trump. At the conclusion of the first trial in May, a New York jury found that it was proven that Trump assaulted Carroll in 1996 at a luxury New York department store, sexually assaulted her and then defamed her. The jury awarded the author five million dollars in damages.
During closing arguments, Trump stood up and walked out
Carroll sued again, claiming Trump's subsequent comments were defamatory. Before the second trial began, Judge Kaplan agreed with him, ruling that Trump's further comments were defamatory. The jury was to determine only the amount of damages the former president should pay the woman.
Trump has already appeared in person several times at the second hearing — unlike the first, in which he was completely absent — and has drawn attention with several opinion pieces. That's why the judge threatened to disqualify him already. During closing arguments, Trump unexpectedly left the courtroom Friday. Shortly after Carroll's lawyer Roberta Kaplan began her plea, Trump got up and left the room without warning, the US media unanimously reported.
Trump, 77, is considered the Republican Party's most promising candidate in November's presidential election. However, he currently has to face the courts in various cases. Trump often uses court dates as a kind of campaign appearance.
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