NEW YORK– A federal jury ordered Donald J Trump to pay more than $83 million in damages for defaming writer E. Jean Carroll, handing the former president a financial and legal blow just as he moves closer to cementing the Republican nomination for November’s presidential election.
The nine-person jury began deliberations in federal court in New York at 1:40 p.m. ET and reached a verdict in just under three hours.
The award included $11 million for damage to Carroll’s reputation, $7.3 million for emotional harm and other damages, and $65 million in punitive damages.
Mr. Trump posted about it on his social media platform on Truth Social a short time later. “Absolutely ridiculous!” he wrote, adding he would be appealing. “They have taken away all First Amendment Rights. THIS IS NOT AMERICA!”
His attorney, Alina Habba, told reporters afterwards the verdict “reeks” and called the case “a violation of our justice system.”