A jury in New York has found former President of the United States, Donald Trump, liable of sexual assault in a case involving writer, Ms. Jean E. Carroll.
The former Elle magazine columnist filed a defamation and battery suit against President Trump last year, after a law took effect in New York that gave victims of sexual assault a one-year window to sue their alleged abusers decades after attacks may have occurred.
Testifying before the jury last week, Carroll described to jurors how an encounter with Trump in a Manhattan store quickly turned violent.
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The former US President had vehemently denied the allegations via his social media platform, ‘Truth Social’, where he tagged Carroll’s claim, a “complete con job”, and the suit, “a made up scam”.
The nine-person jury reached a decision on Tuesday, finding him liable of sexual assault but not rape. He was also found liable for defamation, for calling her claims a “hoax”. The jury also awarded Carroll $5 million in damages.