A nine-person jury in federal court in New York reached a verdict that President Trump must pay E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million in damages.

According to NBC News, the award includes $11 million for damage to Carroll’s reputation, $7.3 million for emotional harm and other damages, and $65 million in punitive damages.

Inner City Press reporter Matthew Russell reports:

Russell provided the jury verdict sheet:

NBC News reports:

The decision came after contentious closing arguments that saw Trump storm out of the courtroom. He returned for his own attorney’s closing arguments but left the courthouse at 4 p.m., before the jury returned its verdict.


Trump had already been found liable for defaming Carroll while he was president by mocking her allegation that he’d sexually abused her, so this jury was only tasked with determining how much she should be paid in damages.

Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan asked the jury for at least $24 million in compensatory damages for the harm she suffered and “lots and lots of money” in punitive damages to stop him from continuing to defame her.

Trump’s attorney Alina Habba contended that Carroll “had failed to show she is entitled to any damages at all” because she “actively sought the comments and the attention” she received.

The trial started on Jan. 16, and Trump was the final witness in the case. He testified for under five minutes.

“Absolutely ridiculous! I fully disagree with both verdicts, and will be appealing this whole Biden Directed Witch Hunt focused on me and the Republican Party. Our Legal System is out of control, and being used as a Political Weapon. They have taken away all First Amendment Rights. THIS IS NOT AMERICA!” Donald Trump said in a statement.

A closer look:


“Judge Kaplan refuses to allow the Anderson Cooper Interview on CNN of E. Jean Carroll wherein Carroll says, ‘Rape is sexy,’ and numerous other things that totally exonerate me. Judge Kaplan is refusing me my Constitutional Right to Due Process, to defend myself against this False Accusation. This is a one-sided trial, where the other side is allowed everything, and we are allowed nothing. He is an extremely abusive individual, the likes of which few have seen before!” Trump said.

From The Hill:

Friday’s ruling by a jury in New York marked the second time Carroll has won damages from Trump at trial, with the new total adding to a $5 million verdict last year finding Trump liable for sexually abusing Carroll and defaming her over a separate comment.

Trump briefly testified during the case this week. He left the courthouse before the verdict was read Friday.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, an appointee of former President Clinton who oversaw the trial, had already ruled Trump defamed Carroll. The jury merely considered the issue of damages.

The former president claimed — and still does — that Carroll was lying and made up the accusation to sell her book. He told The Hill in a 2019 interview that Carroll was “not my type.”

At a CNN town hall event last May, Trump called Carroll a “whack job” and insisted he did not know her.

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