Trump sexually abused writer E. Jean Carroll, must pay her $5 million, jury says. By Jack Queen at Reuters.
Donald Trump must pay $5 million in damages for sexually abusing magazine writer E. Jean Carroll in the 1990s and then defaming her by branding her a liar, a jury decided on Tuesday. …
Jurors awarded Carroll $2 million in compensatory damages and $20,000 in punitive damages for her battery claim, and $2.7 million in compensatory and $280,000 in punitive damages for her defamation claim. …
Carroll, 79, testified during the civil trial that Trump, 76, raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman department store dressing room in Manhattan in either 1995 or 1996 [when she was 51], then harmed her reputation by writing in an October 2022 post on his Truth Social platform that her claims were a “complete con job,” “a hoax” and “a lie.”
Because it was a civil case, Trump faces no criminal consequences and, as such, there was never a threat of prison.
The standard of proof required in a civil case is “on the balance of probabilities” (50%), where as in a criminal trial it is “beyond reasonable doubt” (99.9%).
‘The whole thing is a scam’. By Harriet Alexander at the Daily Mail.
‘I have absolutely no idea who this woman is. ‘The verdict is a disgrace: a continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time. Absolutely a shame.’
‘The whole thing is a scam,’ he said.
‘And it’s a shame, and it’s a disgrace to our country.’
Trump repeated his previous claim that his trial was not fair, because it was held in his hometown of New York City, in the borough of Manhattan where he lived for almost all of his adult life.
Manhattan is a staunchly Democrat borough, and the former president is widely loathed in his hometown.
‘What else can you expect from a Trump-hating, Clinton-appointed judge, who went out of his way to ensure the result of this trial was as negative as it could possible be,’ he asked.
‘Speaking to and in control of a jury from an anti-Trump area, which is probably the worst place in the United States for me to get a fair trial.
‘We’ll be appealing this decision. It’s a disgrace. I don’t even know who this woman is. I have no idea who she is, where she came from.’ …
He has cited the Carroll trial in campaign fundraising emails as evidence of what he portrays as a Democratic plot. He has said Carroll, a former Elle magazine columnist and a registered Democrat, made up the allegations to try to increase sales of her 2019 memoir and to hurt him politically.
‘This is another scam. It’s a political witch hunt,’ he said on Tuesday. …
Democrats financed her law suit:
Before the trial began it emerged that Democrat donor Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, had paid for her legal fees. A philanthropic adviser to Hoffman defended the donation and said that the grant was made before Carroll filed suit ‘and we had no prior knowledge that our funding would go to support her in particular.’ …
‘You have somebody running for office; you have a woman that is financed – and lied about it, she totally lied about it – by Democrat operatives, like just about the biggest one there is,’ Trump said on Tuesday. …
Trump’s lawyer during the trial:
In questioning Carroll, he sought to cast doubt on her description of fighting off the far heavier Trump without dropping her handbag or ripping her tights, and without anyone around to hear or see them in the lingerie section.
The lawyer pressed her about — by her own account — not screaming, looking for help while fleeing the store or seeking out medical attention, security video or police.
Carroll reproached him.
‘I’m telling you he raped me, whether I screamed or not,’ she said.
Open season on Trump. Two decades ago? No problem. He called you a liar and questioned your motives? Sure, he should pay you $2.7m — why not, that’s what the rest of us get paid when someone says something nasty about us.
The whole business of resigning because of being charged with sexual impropriety has ended because of persistent and cynical exploitation by fabulists. Remember the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and how some woman accessed him of running a rape ring at high school? Truly incredible stuff, yet the left’s media pretended and played along, and the accuser won huge support.
UPDATE: The rape case that started at a Resistance party. By Jack Welch.
According to Washington Examiner writer Byron York, Carroll’s suit against Trump began at the home of NeverTrump blogger Molly Jong Fast:
“The party was in honor of yet another Resistance figure, the comedian Kathy Griffin. Among those in attendance was still another Resistance figure, the lawyer George Conway. The gathering was, in the words of a New York Times account, “Resistance Twitter come to life.”
“Conway was someone important for Carroll to meet. A high-powered lawyer, back in the 1990s, he had been part of the so-called elves, a group of lawyers who secretly helped Paula Jones sue President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment. By 2019, Conway was in a far different position. His wife, Kellyanne Conway, ran Trump’s campaign and went to the White House as a top adviser. For his part, George Conway was originally interested in a big job in the Trump Justice Department. Later, when that did not happen, he became virulently anti-Trump, so much so that he would be invited to a party for Griffin at Jong-Fast’s apartment. At that party, Conway became an elf all over again.
“As the guests enjoyed themselves — the catering was by Momofuku and was said to be excellent — Conway persuaded Carroll that she should sue Trump for defamation. The idea was that when Trump denied having met her and then said she was making up the rape accusation to sell a book and then said she, Carroll, was not his type, that was all defamation. Carroll could sue Trump for that, and then, of course, the case would focus on whether the alleged rape actually occurred, so it would be like having a rape trial for Trump even though the statute of limitations was long passed.”
More information about the Molly Jong Fast party can be found here.
Modern US politics is like how imagine last stage Roman politics.