Defamation caseFormer US President Donald Trump must pay compensation to writer E. Jean Carroll once again. A judge ruled Wednesday that he is liable in Carroll’s defamation lawsuit. The jury only has to decide in January the amount of compensation.
Trump already must pay $5 million (4.7 million euros) to Carroll, because he lost another civil case last May over defamation and sexual assault. The jury then found that the former president sexually assaulted her in a department store fitting room in the mid-1990s. He also pleaded guilty to defamation, saying Carroll made it all up.
Since it had already been proven in that case that Carroll did not lie, according to the judge in January, it was not necessary to prove what happened in the fitting room again. This means that Trump’s statements from 2019 could also be considered defamation. Then he also said that she was lying and that they didn’t know each other at all. The case regarding these statements had already been filed earlier, but since Trump was still president at the time, it first had to be determined whether Trump’s statements fell under presidential immunity. As a result, two defamation cases arose side by side.
In June, a judge rejected Trump’s objections and allowed the case to proceed. Carroll is demanding another $10 million from Trump, who continues to deny that he abused her. The previous ruling was appealed. The trial begins on January 15.
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