Trump has repeatedly disparaged Carroll after she accused him of raping her.
NEW YORK — A jury ordered Donald Trump on Friday to pay $83.3 million to the writer E. Jean Carroll over defamatory remarks he made about her while he was president in response to her rape accusation.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled last fall that Trump defamed Carroll by saying in 2019 that he had never met her and that her book, in which she accused him of having raped her in the dressing room of a luxury department store in the mid-1990s, “should be sold in the fiction section.”
The only question for the nine-person jury to decide was how much in damages Trump should pay. After deliberating for three hours, the jury ordered Trump to pay $18.3 million in punitive damages and $65 million in compensatory damages.
Compensatory damages compensate a plaintiff for harm or other losses they have suffered. Punitive damages are awards intended to punish the defendant for their conduct.
During their closing arguments Friday, Carroll’s lawyers encouraged the jury to order an “unusually high” punitive damages award, both because of Trump’s wealth and because he has continued to repeatedly disparage Carroll, including in comments during the trial on social media and in a press conference.
Friday’s award comes on top of a $5 million penalty a separate jury ordered Trump to pay Carroll in a trial last year in which Trump was found liable for sexual abuse regarding Carroll’s rape claims and for defamation for other comments he made about her in 2022.
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