Donald Trump ordered by jury to pay $83 million to Jean Carroll in damages for defamation

A jury in New York ordered former U.S. President Donald Trump to pay $83.3 million to compensate writer E. Jean Carroll, whom he was found to have sexually assaulted and defamed. This far exceeds the more than $10 million in damages for defamation that Ms. Carroll had sought.

Trump lashed out almost immediately, calling the verdict “ridiculous” in a statement and promising to appeal. He had been in court earlier, storming out at one point to subsequently return for closing arguments.

The order was comprised of $65 million punitive damages after the jury found Mr. Trump acted maliciously in his many public comments about Ms. Carroll, $7.3 million in compensatory damages, and $11 million for a reputational repair program.

 Trump, 77, briefly took the stand on Thursday to deny he instructed anyone to harm Ms. Carroll with his statements. During his testimony, Judge Lewis Kaplan limited him to three questions from his lawyers, to which he could only answer yes or no.

Trump separately faces multiple criminal cases, including his alleged attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 Presidential election, which he lost to Joe Biden, and a civil business fraud case.

Last year, another federal jury found Mr. Trump liable for sexually assaulting Ms. Carroll in a department store dressing room in 1996 and subsequently defaming her in 2022, when he called her a “complete con job.”

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