The jury in the civil case regarding Donald Trump reached a verdict over allegations that he raped columnist E. Jean Carroll in a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s, finding Trump "liable," of battery and "not liable" of rape, the New York Post reports.
The panel of six men and three women made their decision on Tuesday, Carroll was awarded over $5 million. The jury also found Trump liable for defaming Carroll. "I have absolutely no idea who this woman is. This verdict is a disgrace— a continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time!" Trump posted on Truth Social shortly after the verdict.
Trump took to Truth Social prior to the decision, where he expressed his frustration, stating that he was "waiting for a jury decision on a False Accusation where I, despite being a current political candidate and leading all others in both parties, am not allowed to speak or defend myself." Trump also vowed to appeal the "Unconstitutional silencing" of him, as a candidate, "no matter the outcome!"
Carroll brought the suit forward, claiming that Trump raped her in the Bergdorf Goodman department store dressing room in New York in the 1990s. Trump sat for the deposition in October.
"It didn't happen," Trump said in a deposition tape, "and by the way, if it did happen, it would have been reported within minutes. Talking about going to a major floor, probably I assumed the most important floor, a major floor in a major department store. That's a very busy store, by the way, checkout counters and everything else. And I would be in there– I mean, it's the most ridiculous. It's the most ridiculous disgusting story is just made up."
Trump has said that he doesn't know who Carroll is. Carroll said that Trump raped her in the lingerie department. She has said she went into the dressing room with Trump, and that Trump "pulled down her tights."
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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