Trump trial live updates: Trump ordered to pay E Jean Carroll $83.3m for defamation

E Jean Carroll exits court after Trump ordered to pay $83.3m for defamation

A verdict has been reached in Donald Trump’s defamation trial in the second such case brought against him by writer E Jean Carroll. The New York jury has ordered him to pay her a total of $83.3m in damages.

The former president testified for just three minutes on Thursday under strict guidelines as to what he could say as a previous jury already found him liable for sexually abusing Ms Carroll in a department store dressing room in early 1996 and for subsequently defaming her.

After a trial notable for tense exchanges between Mr Trump’s defence lawyer Alina Habba and Judge Lewis Kaplan, the former president must pay the writer $11m towards a reputation repair program, $7.3m in other compensatory damages, and punitive damages of $65m.

Mr Trump was not in court for the verdict, departing Lower Manhattan in his motorcade shortly before the verdict was read. Earlier in the day he stormed out of court during closing arguments but returned for the defence summation.

As the court was adjourned, Ms Carroll and her counsel embraced and cried, Judge Kaplan advised jurors never to disclose they served on this jury, and the former president raged online.

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Oliver O’Connell26 January 2024 23:15

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Courtroom sketches: Trump storms out

Donald Trump walks out during attorney Roberta Kaplan’s closing argument

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Donald Trump, left, is followed by his inside counsel Boris Epshteyn, as he walks out of the Federal courtroom, in New York

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Oliver O’Connell26 January 2024 23:00

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Judge warns E Jean Carroll trial jurors to never reveal themselves

“My advice to you is that you never disclose that you were on this jury,” Judge Lewis Kaplan said in the courtroom.

Ariana Baio & Gustaf Kilander26 January 2024 22:45

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Watch: Trump lawyer Alina Habba rages at trial procedures

Oliver O’Connell26 January 2024 22:39

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E Jean Carroll all smiles after Trump ordered to pay her $83.3m

E Jean Carroll was all smiles as she left court in New York City on Friday 26 January, after a jury ordered Donald Trump to pay her a total of $83.3m in damages. The nine-member jury awarded Ms Carroll $65m in punitive damages in addition to more than $18m in compensatory damages after Mr Trump’s defamatory statements about the former Elle magazine writer. That is on top of the $5m she was awarded last year, after a jury found him liable for sexually abusing Ms Carroll and for defamation. A verdict was delivered on Friday after roughly three hours of deliberation following a contentious two-week civil trial in a federal courtroom in Manhattan.

Oliver O’Connell26 January 2024 22:28

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Profile – E Jean Carroll: The writer and TV host who took on Donald Trump

Bevan Hurley reports on how, for decades, E Jean Carroll wrote columns advising women never to structure their lives around men.

Then a rape allegation against the world’s most powerful man upended hers.

Oliver O’Connell26 January 2024 22:10

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In pictures: E Jean Carroll leaves court after jury awards her $83m in damages

E Jean Carroll and her legal team leave court after a jury awarded her $83m in defamation damages in the case she brought against Donald Trump

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E Jean Carroll and her attorney Roberta Kaplan

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Oliver O’Connell26 January 2024 22:09

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Trump reacts with false allegation against Biden

Donald Trump reacted on Truth Social and made a false, baseless allegation against President Joe Biden:

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!

The E Jean Carroll defamation case began before Mr Biden was even the Democratic Party nominee for president.

Oliver O’Connell26 January 2024 22:03

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Full story: Trump ordered to pay E Jean Carroll $83m for defamation

A jury has determined that Donald Trump must pay E Jean Carroll more than $83m for his defamatory statements about the former Elle magazine writer, marking the year’s first federal court verdict against the former president as he campaigns for his return to the White House.

The nine-member jury awarded Ms Carroll $65m in punitive damages in addition to more than $18m in compensatory damages after he was previously found liable for sexual abuse and then smeared her sexual assault allegations as a lie.

A verdict was delivered on Friday after roughly three hours of deliberation following a contentious two-week civil trial in a federal courtroom in Manhattan, where Mr Trump’s attorneys aggressively argued against Ms Carroll’s case while the former president repeatedly attacked and potentially defamed her in press conferences and in dozens of posts on his Truth Social.

Alex Woodward & Ariana Baio26 January 2024 21:53

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Judge advises jurors to remain anonymous

Following the verdict, Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered the jury not to reveal the identities of other jurors and advised them: “My advice to you is that you never disclose that you were on this jury.”

He also said that there was years ago a respected judge of this court would made it a practice never to thank a jury.

“Judge Weinfeld thought it was a duty — I think juries should be thanked.”

Oliver O’Connell26 January 2024 21:52


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