UPDATE: 1:33 PM: The jury has reached a verdict in E. Jean Carroll‘s multi-million defamation trial in opposition to Donald Trump after just some hours of deliberations.
The choice is predicted to be learn out within the subsequent couple of minutes. Trump won’t be there when the decision is introduced, as he left the Manhattan court docket about half an hour in the past for the airport.
Carroll’s attorneys are on the lookout for at the least $24 million in compensatory damages, plus extra in punitive damages. Trump has already been discovered liable final 12 months of sexual abusing and defaming Carroll. Again in Might, that jury awarded the previous Elle columnist $5 million. Ever for the reason that allegations of the mid-Nineties assault got here to gentle in 2019, the much-accused Trump has continued to smear Carroll and declare his innocence out and in of the White Home. Carroll says his defaming remarks put her at risk and ruined her fame.
PREVIOUSLY, JAN 25 PM: With slightly below 5 minutes of surprisingly reserved testimony from Donald Trump simply now, the protection has rested its case within the defamation damages trial in opposition to the previous president by E. Jean Carroll.
Taking the stand as promised Thursday, Trump was unusually circumspect in his responses to his lawyer. “No, I simply needed to defend myself, my household and, frankly, the presidency,” the much-indicted ex-president responded to lawyer Alina Habba’s query of “did you ever instruct anybody to harm Ms. Carroll in your  statements?”
Earlier, with former Elle columnist Carroll sitting just some ft away, Trump was requested by Habba if he thought Carroll’s sexual assault claims had been false. acknowledged “Sure I did. She stated one thing that I thought-about a false accusation — completely false.”
Having put some fairly strict guardrails in place for Trump earlier than the jury was introduced again in to listen to his testimony at this time, New York state Decide Lewis Kaplan instantly jumped in to inform the court docket that “every thing after ‘sure I did’ is stricken.”
Sticking to the choose’s pointers, Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan obtained in a single query of cross-examination of Trump. “Is that this the primary trial that you’ve got attended involving you and E. Jean Carroll?” she requested, Trump replied “Sure.”
Going into closing arguments Friday, it’s apparent that Kaplan needed the jury to know that Trump by no means even bothered to indicate up even as soon as for Carroll’s sexual assault trial in opposition to him final 12 months.
Earlier than giving his testimony, Trump clearly was overheard to say in court docket: “I by no means met the girl. … I have no idea who this girl is.” Leaving the courthouse at this time, the previous and maybe future president was heard to mumble ,“This isn’t America,” based on numerous media reviews.
Carroll is in search of as much as $12 million for the hurt to her fame, and unspecified “important” punitive damages.
Immediately’s anticlimactic courtroom occasions come two days after Trump’s large win within the New Hampshire main and greater than six months after the ex-Superstar Apprentice host was discovered liable of sexual abusing and defaming Carroll. Again in Might, a jury of six males and 6 ladies awarded $2 million to Carroll for battery and $3 million for defamation.
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That’s pennies for alleged billionaire Trump however a really public sting going into a good election 12 months for a person who’s MAGA base nearly by no means cares about such issues.
Author Carroll lengthy has claimed that Trump assaulted her within the mid-Nineties in NYC division retailer Bergdorf Goodman. In workplace, out of workplace, in court docket and in entrance of the media, Trump at all times has denied something occurred and that he even knew Carroll. Since Carroll’s allegations first surfaced in 2019, Trump has put out some vile and harsh social media posts about Carroll too. These statements and posts have ruined Carroll’s fame, her attorneys have claimed.
Already discovered responsible for the incident within the division retailer change room almost 30 years in the past, Trump is in court docket on this case for attacking Carroll verbally when he was within the White Home and subsequently. The main candidate for the GOP 2024 presidential nomination, Trump has insisted time and time once more for the reason that jury discovered for Carroll in Might.
Simply after 11 a.m. PT, CNN and MSNBC went stay with the occasions within the courtroom and missives from their reporters inside. Fox Information initially stayed with an interview with Sen. Ted Cruz over airplane security and Boeing earlier than going to correspondent Eric Shawn outdoors the Manhattan courthouse. Whereas the opposite cable newsers caught with Trump protection because the court docket adjourned for the day, Fox went to a phase on the Division of Training and revamped student-loan kinds.