Donald Trump Ordered to Pay $83 Million to E. Jean Carroll

Former United States President, Donald Trump has been ordered by a Manhattan jury to pay a substantial $83 million in damages for defaming writer E. Jean Carroll.

The jury verdict was broken down into $65 million meant to punish Trump, $11 million to help Carroll rebuild her reputation and another $7.3 million to compensate her for her pain and suffering.

Trump — who had already left court when the decision came down — vowed to appeal and blasted the verdict as “Absolutely ridiculous!” In a Truth Social Post roughly 20 minutes later.

Meanwhile, Carroll said it was “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.”

The verdict, handed down Friday by a separate jury of five men and four women in Manhattan federal court, includes $65 million in damages meant to punish the billionaire ex-president, 77, for acting “out of hatred, ill will, or spite” by claiming to have “never met” Carroll — even after jurors last May found him liable for abusing the writer inside a Manhattan Bergdorf Goodman in 1996.

“This case is about getting him to stop, once and for all,” Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan had told jurors in closing arguments Friday morning.

Trump was also ordered to pay $11 million toward Carroll rebuilding her reputation after Trump claimed in June 2019 — within hours of Carroll going public with her allegations — that the “Ask E Jean” columnist was a “whack job” who should “pay dearly” for accusing him.

The ex-president must also pay $7.3 million to compensate Carroll for the pain and suffering she has dealt with after receiving a deluge of death threats in the wake of Trump’s rebukes, the panelists found.

The jury rendered the decision after under three hours of deliberations.

Carroll and her lawyers held hands as they nervously awaited for the verdict to be read out and the trio shared a hug immediately after. Leaving the courthouse, Carroll — arm-in-arm with her lawyers — flashed a grin but didn’t answer reporters questions before getting into a black SUV and driving away.

“Today’s verdict proves that the law applies to everyone in our country, even the rich, even the famous, even former presidents,” Roberta Kaplan said in a statement.

Trump, who was present inside the Manhattan courthouse for closing statements earlier Friday, left the courthouse before the verdict was read. He was not in the room when the award was announced.

“I fully disagree with both verdicts, and will be appealing this whole Biden Directed Witch Hunt focused on me and the Republican Party,” Trump’s post said. “Our Legal System is out of control, and being used as a Political Weapon.”

“They have away all First Amendment Rights. THIS IS NOT AMERICA,” he blasted.

Trump lawyer Alina Habba also railed against the verdict when she left court after, telling reporters: “Don’t get it twisted — we’re seeing a violation of our justice system, ladies and gentlemen.”

Habba claimed Judge Kaplan decided before the trial began “that every single defense President Trump had, we were not allowed to raise in front of the jury.”

The verdict comes after jurors heard five days of testimony — including a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it stint on the stand from Trump himself.

Culled from BBC