Jury orders Trump to pay E Jean Carroll over $83 million in damages for defamation

Donald Trump must pay writer E. Jean Carroll over $83 million in damages for repeatedly defaming her, according to a jury’s verdict this Friday, NBC News reported.

The decision came after contentious closing arguments that saw Trump storm out of the courtroom. He returned for his own attorney’s closing arguments but left the courthouse at 4 p.m., before the jury returned its verdict.

Trump had already been found liable for defaming Carroll while he was president by mocking her allegation that he’d sexually abused her, so this jury was only tasked with determining how much she should be paid in damages.

Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan asked the jury for at least $24 million in compensatory damages for the harm she suffered and “lots and lots of money” in punitive damages to stop him from continuing to defame her.

Trump’s attorney Alina Habba claimed Carroll “had failed to show she is entitled to any damages at all” because she “actively sought the comments and the attention” she received.

Read the full report over at NBC News.

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.