A federal jury in Manhattan reached a verdict Tuesday in the civil battery and defamation trial of former President Trump brought by writer E. Jean Carroll.
After deliberating for just under three hours, the jury of six men and three women found that Carroll did not prove that Trump raped her at a department store dressing room in the 90s, ABC News reports.
The jury found Trump battered and defamed Carroll and awarded her $5 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
The 2024 Republican frontrunner had his denial rejected by the jury in New York.
Carroll, 79, testified during the civil trial that Trump, 76, raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman department store dressing room in Manhattan in either 1995 or 1996, then harmed her reputation by writing in an October 2022 post on his Truth Social platform that her claims were a “complete con job,” “a hoax” and “a lie.”
Trump responded to the verdict in a post on Truth Social:
“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 wrote.
This is a developing story.