Donald Trump found liable for sexual abuse & defamation of E. Jean Carroll

In 2019, E. Jean Carroll covered an issue of New York Magazine to promote and excerpt a book she had written. In the book, she described at least two sexual assaults, one by Les Moonves (then head of CBS) and one by Donald Trump. Carroll described being raped by Trump in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990s. At the time, she told friends what had happened but she didn’t go to the police or even to Bergdorf’s security. Even then, she knew that Trump would try to bury her. In 2019, Trump dismissed Carroll’s claim the same way he dismissed so many of the other women he preyed on, assaulted, raped and harassed: he called Carroll a liar and said she wasn’t attractive enough to be assaulted, and she wasn’t “his type.” Well, Carroll sued him in civil court for assault, rape and defamation after that. The civil trial had been happening for weeks, and the case went to the jury on Tuesday. It only took the jury three hours to come back with a unanimous verdict: Trump is liable for sexual abuse and defamation.

A Manhattan jury on Tuesday found former President Donald J. Trump liable for the sexual abuse and defamation of the magazine writer E. Jean Carroll and awarded her $5 million in damages in a widely watched civil trial that sought to apply the accountability of the #MeToo era to a dominant political figure.

The federal jury of six men and three women found that Mr. Trump, 76, defamed Ms. Carroll when he posted a statement on his Truth Social website in October, calling her case “a complete con job” and “a Hoax and a lie.”

The jury, in returning its verdict shortly after 3 p.m. said Ms. Carroll had not proved, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Mr. Trump had raped her, as she had long claimed.

Ms. Carroll sued the former president last year, accusing him of shoving her against a wall and raping her in a dressing room the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan, in the mid 1990s.

Although more than a dozen women have accused Mr. Trump of sexual misconduct over the years, allegations he has always denied, Ms. Carroll’s case is the first of those claims to be successfully tested before a jury.

The jury also found that Ms. Carroll had proved that she was injured as a result of Trump’s publication of his denial of her accusations on his Truth Social account in October 2022. The jury determined that Ms. Carroll had proved, by clear and convincing evidence, that Mr. Trump knew his statement was false when he said her accusation was a hoax, a legal standard known as “actual malice.”

[From The New York Times]

One grotesque part of this trial was the introduction of Trump’s filmed deposition, where he mistook a photo of Carroll from the 1990s as Marla Maples, proving that Carroll actually was his type (blonde, beautiful, leggy). In another part of his deposition, he was asked about the Access Hollywood tape, where Trump told Billy Bush: “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything, grab them by the p-ssy. You can do anything.” When Trump was asked if that was what he said, Trump replied: “Well, historically, that’s true with stars. If you look over the last million years, I guess that’s been largely true. Unfortunately or fortunately.” Unfortunately or fortunately.

Anyway, I’m extremely proud of E. Jean Carroll and I hope she’s safe and secure. I hope she’s surrounded by friends and family and that she’s protecting herself. She knew that suing Trump would be a long, arduous process and it was, but she stuck with it and found a sliver of justice. It’s not even close to “enough,” but it’s something.

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  1. ThatsNotOkay says:

    He considers himself a star.

    Are we really gonna do this to ourselves again, America? Because I’m very much not on board.

    • Fuzzy Crocodile says:

      We do for some reason like giving terrible white men multiple chances to prove how screwed up they are…

  2. JanetDR says:

    Woohoo! May this be the first of many judgments against him.

    • Renae says:

      Its not like he’s ever going to pay.
      No one EVER makes him pay.

      • equality says:

        I doubt he has the money to pay.

      • Peanut Butter says:

        If anyone ever pays, it will be the deplorable cultists who throw money at their predatory, pitiful excuse of a “leader.” Thank you, Jean Carroll, for your perseverance and bravery, and to everyone who helped some justice to finally prevail.

      • Tacky says:

        He will try to get the judgement reduced on appeal, but probably won’t win. If he doesn’t pay, authorities have the right to garnish his wages, levee his bank accounts, or seize property.

    • JanetDR says:

      I know he doesn’t pay, but since her lawyers will be getting a chunk of it, I’m assuming they will sue for payment and ask for legal costs as well. She’ll get some of it someday, and in the meanwhile we can rejoice in the fact there was a judgment against him. I hate what happened to her and all of the other women, but holding him accountable means something. It means a lot to me.

  3. Amy T says:

    The jurors were anonymous and the judge told them they would be smart to not identify themselves.

    Thanks to Ms. Carroll, her lawyer Roberta Kaplan, Lisa Birnbach (amI the only one who remembers “The Preppy Handbook?”) and Carol Martin for what they did to help make this happen.

    • Michelle says:

      I thought Birnbach’s name was familiar! I still have my copy of The Preppy Handbook lol.

  4. Pinkosaurus says:

    I was worried he would slither out of consequences yet again and was thrilled she got such a substantial and fast verdict. The jury came up with the $5 million because she didn’t even request a specific amount. E. Jean is an absolute badass.

    • HamsterJam says:

      I can’t even imagine how hard it was to go to trial with this knowing there was a very good chance he would get out of it

      • Tacky says:

        It’s pretty amazing that Trump testified against himself in the deposition. I hope more women sue him.

  5. Meh says:

    This part of the article: “that sought to apply the accountability of the #MeToo era,” is the worldview now, isn’t it? That we are applying ‘the little woman’s movement’ to situations now? No, mf’s, it’s not an application of hashtag-me-too. It’s called justice under THE LAW. Thank you to E. Jean Carroll for fighting back.

  6. Truthiness says:

    CNN should not go through with their Trump townhall tonight. Handing a prime time slot to a sexual predator with dozens of arraigninments is really horrible. If the townhall goes through I hope everyone asks about him about his legal cases and gets him to spin out.

    • Paulkid says:

      If people ask such questions at the Town Hall, Trump will likely stalk offstage, his ego couldn’t take it. I agree CNN made a terrible choice, there are other Republicans in the race that could use the exposure and wouldn’t attempt to corrupt and overthrow the country, if elected. I don’t see why they would highlight and promote Trump over other conservatives, except he is better for the news cycle.

    • Jay says:

      I’m sure CNN and TFG will vet the questions to make sure nobody asks him anything he doesn’t like. I don’t know much about the moderator Collins other than that she used to work for the Daily Caller (founded by Tucker Carlson).

      I will not be watching, and I hope others won’t give them the ratings boost they are so desperate for, either.

      • Truthiness says:

        Yes, in CNN’s quest to be Fox Lite, they may very well vet the questions. Since he’s at the top of the polls, they’re seeking viewer numbers and wanting future visits from the front runner. I’d rather light my hair on fire than watch, the recaps will do.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      I’ve been boycotting anything to do with CNN since I heard they were doing this. They’re giving him a platform after all he did to this Country. Nope. As far as I’m concerned, they don’t exist anymore.

  7. Renae says:

    Most humiliating for Mango-chini , Ms Carroll could not be sure if penetration was with his penis as it was too small to make that determination. That should be on his tombstone!

    • Roan Inish says:

      @Renae “Ms. Carroll could not be sure if penetration was with his penis as it was too small to make a determination.” The Donald (as Ivana called him) has LDE. Hahahaha

      Omg that’s the first I heard of that! I had to clean up my computer screen after spraying it! That explains a lot about him. Poor little Donald.

  8. Becks1 says:

    I was so happy when I saw this news. I’m so glad this was the result. That 5 million is going to sting. Wonder if he is going to make his campaign pay for it somehow (illegally of course.)

    • lanne says:

      He’ll send out an appeal, and poor people living in trailer parks will send their last five dollars to Trump. I reconnected with my childhood best friend when my father passed–as she knew him from childhood as well. We fell out over January 6th, when she wouldn’t shut up to me about it being “really antifa.” She jumped hard on the Trump train, so far that she refused to get vaccinated, and gave up her job in health care (as a single, divorced mother) and is now living on her retirement savings. (I’m beyond shocked). I sent her some money, in light of our long time friendship (and that money will come with a major “come to Jesus” talk about her finances). I say all this with a disheartening thought. I’m pretty sure she spent the money I sent on much-needed living expenses. But if she got an appeal from Trump right now to “help him in his persecution”, I’m sure she should send him money, even now. This means I can’t send her anything else, because of the chance it might end up in his pockets, This smart, educated woman would choose to support Trump over her own children. I don’t understand it. I don’t understand the power of the brainwashing.

      But I’m certain that if he has to pay 5 million dollars, poor and working class Trump supporters will pay the bill, at the expense of their own health, their own children, and their own well being.

      • laurie says:

        @lanne. Yes unfortunately and sadly I agree with you. I really don’t understand this cult like adoration of this grifter. I ended a friendship that started in grade school and was close for 50+ years for the same reason. Over 50% of rethuglicans said they’d vote for him even if convicted of crimes. I just don’t get it. Smdh.

  9. tamsin says:

    A salute to the courage, fortitude, and brilliance of all the women.

    • SquiddisMaximus says:

      I still have chills — not just because it was Drumpf, but because finally, FINALLY, a super-powerful, uber-wealthy male was made accountable for his heinous actions. The legacy is that these types always escape justice — the optimist in me hopes the ship may start to right itself.

    • Josephine says:

      and by contrast, that orange blob was too much of a COWARD to testify and is now trying to claim that he didn’t get to defend himself. he’s really the definition of garbage.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Oh that’s rich. I’ve been listening to the latest Pod Save America & apparently the judge gave trump TWO chances to testify; the second because he was over in Scotland or somewhere regarding his golf course & he said he couldn’t stay long because he had to get back to NYC to testify, so the judge said, OK, testify. He still didn’t.

  10. Miranda says:

    That “unfortunately or FORTUNATELY” was really something, wasn’t it? E. Jean Carroll is a badass for toughing this out, but sadly, I think we all know damn well that her experience was far from unique. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t think Trump has ever had consensual sexual experience that didn’t involve a monetary transaction. Hell, even the ones he paid for probably turned nonconsensual before it was over.

    I hope both Ms. Carroll and the jury will be safe. I wouldn’t put anything past the MAGAts.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Because in his mind, he’s the greatest that’s ever been. The greatest lover on the planet. The greatest rapist on the planet, they don’t see him coming. He swoops in, grabs ’em by the pussy, and poof, gone like a cheeseburger dinner.

  11. ML says:

    I am so glad that EJC got justice and that the former guy’s teflon coating -fortunately- didn’t work this time. The thought of him campaigning is stomach churning, and I hope this turns some Republicans away from voting for him.

  12. Blue Nails Betty says:

    E. Jean Carroll is an American hero.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      This👆! Let’s hope this is just the beginning of long overdue accountability for this racist, misogynistic, fascist scumbag.

  13. WingKingdom says:

    Wowww. An amazing outcome. E Jean Carroll and Christine Blasey Ford are two women I will always hold in the highest regard. And of course Anita Hill who blazed this trail. Women trying to tell us who these men are. I hope that Hill and Ford will see vindication yet.

    • lucy2 says:

      I think about Christine Blasey Ford a lot, and the image of her holding up her hand to swear in. She knew it would bring her nothing but grief and that it wouldn’t change anything, but it was the right thing to do so she did it. We all know who he is now, even if to some people it didn’t matter.
      I don’t know much about E Jean Carroll, but with all the maga crazies, she was kick ass brave to pursue this. And what a joy to see her win.
      I was too young to fully understand what Anita Hill went through, but in recent years have learned more about all of it. She really did pave the way for many.

    • Blithe says:

      Plus 1000!

  14. Sean says:

    I was SO happy to hear about the verdict. Way to to E. Jean Carroll!

    Also, I keep thinking about the jury deciding rape (but yes to “sexual battery”) couldn’t be proved because E. Jean said (under oath) she was unable to tell if he penetrated her with his fingers or genitalia.

    Of course, I wouldn’t want to body shame another person but given it’s Donald, I can’t stop giggling. How embarrassing would that revelation be for a normal person? I say a normal person because it’s Donald and he’s most likely telling (and believing) every lie he can think of to himself so he feels no shame.

    • FancyPants says:

      I had the same thought but I couldn’t think of a non-explicit way to say it, so thank you!

    • Chanteloup says:

      I still don’t understand it? because non-consensual penetration with his fingers is also rape?

      I am glad he was found liable for sexual abuse and defamation though. Stand strong, E Jean Carroll.

      • Chanteloup says:

        Definition of rape from ““The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

        “Any body part” and “no matter now slight” definitely includes either his miniscule d*ck or his gross tiny rapey fingers.

  15. Watson says:

    The chickens are finally coming home to roost for Trump. Props to E.Jean Carrol for her tenacity and strength.

    • Sean says:

      Yes! That man has NO good days left.

      – This verdict
      – Being indicted by the Manhattan DA
      – The NYAG suing the Trump Organization
      – The investigation by the Fulton County DA into his interference with the election
      – The special counsel investigation into his stealing of classified documents/election interference/attempted coup

  16. Mrs. Smith says:

    Funny — the jury deliberated for 3 hours, but one of those hours was lunch. It took them all of 2 hours to go through the evidence and unanimously agree he was guilty.

    • lucy2 says:

      I bet they took a vote to start and were all in agreement right away. The extra hours were just confirming it, and lunch.

      • Dee Kay says:

        5 min to agree he’s guilty, 1 hour for lunch, another 1 hr 55 min to decide on the amount. I think $5 million is good number — memorable, plays well in news headlines.

  17. SIde Eye says:

    I’m proud of E. Jean too! Too bad his broke ass can’t pay her.

    He will find a way to grift it from the campaign or get the money from his racist, hateful supporters. There’s a stop the election interference by the Dems!!! Donate today email going out in 3,2,1…

    Georgia you’re next baby. After that, sedition, treason. Let’s go!

  18. Escape says:

    Very happy for E. Jean. She is a remarkable woman and deserves peace of mind. Heads up to all pigs out there that think this is ok.

  19. BeanieBean says:

    Good! Accountability! More, please. trump & his supporters are so disgusting. Wouldn’t an honorable man say in his defense he’s not the type of man to rape a woman rather than she’s not the type of woman he would rape? I really don’t have words for the disgust I have for this person. Hit ’em where it hurts, in his ego & his wallet. More, I want to see more.

  20. trillion says:

    Now that is bravery, EJC. Historically, these situations do NOT go our way, but she persisted.

  21. trillion says:

    Oh yeah, let’s not forget this is the garbage person who tried to pull a stunt inviting Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct accusers to his debate v Hillary.

    • olliesmom says:

      I loved the SNL skit about that debate where Hillary goes “Hi, girls!” to those ladies.

      And evidence of what a creepy stalker he is when he walked behind Hillary when she was talking during the debate.

  22. AmyB says:

    It is mind-numbingly insane that this man, now guilty of sexual abuse and defamation, three times married and a known adulterer, impeached TWICE, incited his followers on Jan. 6th to RIOT against the lawful transfer of power, is a pathological liar, malignant narcissist, and con man grifter – has the SUPPORT of Evangelical Christians, the ones who “supposedly” support “family values.” 🙄

    TFG is loyal to no one; he would throw his mother/father, and or kids under the bus if it benefited him. Listening to his own testimony in that deposition – he doubled down on his words from the Access Hollywood tape because that is LITERALLY how he feels about women. I have zero doubt there are many other women he sexually abused/raped who never came forward. We know of at least 25 plus that have. Who knows? This case may give them the strength to do so.

    Kudos to E. Jean Carroll for having the strength to see this through!!

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      AmyB the only thing I would change is to remove “RIOT against the lawful transfer to power’ and insert insurrection.

      This is a pet peeve of mine. It wasn’t a riot. It was an insurrection.

  23. Torttu says:

    E. Jean Carroll is brave!

    • olliesmom says:

      Yeah she is! Those MAGATS are crazy and violent.

      E. Jean Carroll is what a true patriot and American hero looks like.

  24. Nicegirl says:

    I appreciate E Jean Carroll so much.

  25. Dee Kay says:

    Kudos to EJC, Christine Blasey Ford, Anita Hill. Women willing to go on the record to speak the truth about horrible men. Willing to expose themselves to shaming and blaming and years of harassment and shunning just for declaring out loud what really happened to them, what those men actually did. Even though Stormy Daniels’ interaction with the T*ump was consensual, I give her tons of credit too for going on the record, esp. since her case is at the foundation of the NYSD’s case against T*ump.

  26. Linney says:

    I echo the sentiments expressed here, these women are unbelievably brave. But I’m confused. Trump says he never met her! Yet there are photographs of the two together. Could he be lying? Mmm… Also, I loved the bit about the judge wouldn’t let him testify. Really? Didn’t his lawyer say he waived the right to testify? I mean, can this idiot say anything truthful?

    • olliesmom says:

      That’s Trump’s standard go to answer. “I don’t know them. I never met them. Maybe they got coffee for me once.”

  27. j.ferber says:

    And he is still the top Republican candidate!!!!!! The evangelists will come through for him!

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      j.ferber, there is an organized Christian movement who is opposed to Christian nationalism. It will be interesting to see what happens. They should have organized before now, but better late than never. The Christian movement does not believe what the religious extremists believe, so there’s going to be an opposing narrative out there. Let’s see what that does.

  28. Eggbert says:

    Jean is such a strong amazing brave woman. So proud of her

  29. tealily says:

    Love to see it!