Trump affirms that he will appeal the decision and alludes to a "witch hunt" led by Biden
A Manhattan federal court jury determined this Friday that former United States President Donald Trump must pay Elisabeth Jean Carroll a total of 83.3 million dollars (76.7 million euros) in damages within the framework of the defamation lawsuit filed by the writer.
The tycoon must pay 18.3 million dollars (16.8 million euros) in compensatory damages: 11 million dollars (10.1 million euros) to finance a campaign to repair his reputation and another 7.3 million dollars (6.7 million euros) for the emotional damage caused by his statements. Likewise, he will have to pay 65 million in punitive damages (59.8 million euros).
Judge Lewis Kaplan, in charge of the case, thanked the jury for their work in reaching the verdict. "My advice to you is that you never reveal that you have been part of this jury," he stressed, as reported by CNN.
In response, the former president has assured on the social network Truth Social that it is "absolutely ridiculous", alluding to a "witch hunt" led by the US president, Joe Biden. "Our legal system is out of control and is being used as a political weapon," he has said, ensuring that he will appeal the decision.
In May, a court established that Trump must pay up to $5 million (around €4.6 million) in compensation to Carroll, who filed a new lawsuit against the magnate, requesting $10 million (€9.2 million). euros) in damages.
The case dates back to the legal challenge that the journalist filed in 2019 before a state court against the former president for defamation due to the way in which he had denied a first rape complaint after saying that "she was not his type" and that he did to sell your book.
The journalist wrote in her book 'Why do we need men?' that the magnate sexually assaulted her in the changing rooms of a Manhattan store in the mid-90s. According to her, she met Trump on Fifth Avenue in New York and they went to a lingerie store in Bergdorf Goodman, a luxury department store. , where the former president raped her.
This trial comes amid Trump's renewed attempts to return to the White House as he faces other legal proceedings, such as his recent indictment for concealing a series of bribes paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in exchange for to silence an alleged sexual affair.