The judge ruled on Wednesday that the upcoming second trial will be her only concern, and it means that he has to pay her much more. The jury found that Jean E. Carroll, a columnist, defamed and sexually abused Donald Trump, the ex-president, with her libelous comments. This civil trial lasted for four months.
Nothing occurred between them that he would deny. In 1996, at an upscale retail store, following an unexpected encounter in a fitting room, Carroll alleged for the first time in public that Trump made inappropriate comments in January 2019. The ruling to streamline the second trial is set to have a significant impact.
Jurors granted Carroll $5 million, determining that she was sexually assaulted but dismissing her claim of being raped. The initial trial, which took place earlier this year, focused on the accusation of sexual assault and whether certain remarks made by Trump in 2022 constituted defamation.
In the ruling on Wednesday, Judge Lewis Kaplan of the U.S. District Court stated that the jury deliberated and resolved matters that are shared by both cases. He declared that Mr. Trump made an untrue allegation against Ms. Carroll regarding her fabrication of the sexual assault charge, and if this allegation happened to be true, he made it knowing that it was false or acted with extreme negligence towards the truth.
The judge stated that the jury determined Trump’s sexual abuse of Carroll to be true, which effectively proved that his statements in 2019 were also untrue and damaging. According to the judge, the “substantial content” of the statements made in 2019 and 2022 were identical.
Roberta Kaplan, the attorney representing Carroll who has no relation to the judge, expressed that Carroll and her legal team eagerly anticipate a trial solely focused on seeking compensation for the initial false and damaging remarks made by Donald Trump.
The legal team of Habba Alina, Trump’s lawyer, expressed confidence on Wednesday that the jury’s verdict, which will overturn the new judge’s decision, will be mooted. While waiting for the appeals court to rule on whether he is legally shielded from the yet-to-be-tried case, he is also seeking to put the trial on hold in order to secure his position as the early front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. These comments stem from his claims of immunity because he made them in 2019 when he was president.
Currently, the trial is set to begin on January 15th, aligning with the day of the Iowa Republican caucuses.
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She asserts that he denies having had a sexual encounter with them. During his 2016 campaign, actor Stormy Daniels made a hush money payment to cover up his business’s falsified records and attempts to conceal what he had done, as well as mishandling top secret documents. Trump is accused of trying to subvert the 2020 presidential election, in which he lost to Democrat Joe Biden, through various criminal indictments.
The Democratic attorney general has been accused by Trump of engaging in a political vendetta and has been accused of bragging about having “the most popular brand in the world” and denying the accusations. According to the lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Trump and his company artificially inflated his net worth and the value of his assets, while also being accused of deceiving banks, insurers, and other individuals. Moreover, there will be a civil trial related to the lawsuit and some of Trump’s criminal trials that will coincide with the presidential primary season.
On Wednesday, a judge declined to postpone the trial scheduled for October.
In 2019, Trump filed a lawsuit against Carroll, accusing her of making a false allegation while “attempting to promote a new book” and insinuating that she might be a Democratic operative.
Trump stated, “The global community must be aware of the true situation. It is a shameful act, and individuals should face significant consequences for making such fraudulent claims.” He disregarded a photograph from 1987 showing him and his former spouse together with Carroll and her former spouse at a social gathering, asserting that he had never encountered Carroll.
In the 2019 lawsuit, Carroll went to trial last year, where she made claims against Trump, including allegations of sexual assault. The case involved separate statements, with Carroll waiving the legal time limit for filing a lawsuit under New York state law. In 2022, Carroll filed another lawsuit, accusing Trump of defamation, calling it a complete job con and scam.
The judge dismissed Trump’s lawsuit last month. In response, Trump filed a defamation lawsuit against Carroll, who claimed, after the ruling, that she was not just sexually assaulted but raped.