New York, United States, Jan 26 (EFE).- A jury on Friday ordered former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) to pay E. Jean Carroll 83.3 million in damages for defamation when he said in 2019 that he didn’t know the journalist and that her allegations of sexual abuse were false.
The seven-man, two-woman jury unanimously decides that the former president and GOP primary front-runner should pay the writer $18.3 million – $11 million to fund a reputational repair campaign $7.3 million for emotional harm.
Additionally it said Trump must pay $65 million in punitive damages for acting with malice.
The total is more than eight times the amount the journalist had sought in her original lawsuit.
After reading the order, Carroll hugged her attorneys but declined to speak to the press as she left the courthouse.
Trump, who was present for the final day of the trial, left the courthouse before the announcement of the jury’s final decision.
However, he later called the verdict “absolutely ridiculous” on Truth Social, his social media platform.
“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!,” he added in his post.
During the two weeks of the trial, the former president continued to publish on his social media accounts that he did not know Carroll and that the trial was a witch hunt.
Some of his posts were even used as evidence by Carroll’s legal team.
Friday was the second time the journalist and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, won a case against Trump.
In May, a jury found the former president guilty of sexual abuse and defamation for other comments and ordered him to pay $5 million. EFE