Donald Trump ordered to pay $83M in damages for defaming E. Jean Carroll who accused him of r@ping her in early 90s

A Manhattan, New York jury has determined that former president Donald Trump must pay writer E. Jean Carroll a whopping $83 million for defaming her after a different civil court jury last year found him liable for defamation, as well as sexual abuse.

Carroll, a former longtime Elle magazine advice columnist, was initially seeking $10 million in damages.

In the concluding statements last Friday, the lawyer increased the suggested compensation for the alleged abuse victim from $12 million to $24 million, asserting that the former president should pay this amount for defaming Carroll, emphasizing the importance of financial restitution.

The legal representatives for Carroll and Trump concluded their cases following Friday morning’s closing arguments. The ex-US president left the courtroom shortly after Carroll’s attorney began speaking but returned a little over an hour later.

Trump took the stand to defend himself for just three minutes on Thursday, marking the first time a jury heard directly from Trump, live in court in any of the current cases against him since he left the White House.

Trump was not required to be in court since the case is a civil one but vowed from the outset that he intended to “go to all days” of the trial.

The former president, 77, had already left court when the verdict was read.

The jurors five men and four women rendered their decision after just under three hours of deliberations.

Carroll’s side had been seeking at least $24 million in damages

Donald Trump was ordered Friday to pay $83.3 million in damages for defaming E. Jean Carroll, the advice columnist a prior jury had already found Trump sexually assaulted inside a department store fitting room.

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