Jury ruled that Donald Trump sexually abused Jean Carroll

Editorial Staff

Editorial Staff

Donald Trump sexually abused and defamed writer E Jean Carroll, a New York jury finds in a civil case.

But the former president was cleared of rape over the alleged assault in a department store in the 1990s

The jury awarded the writer almost $5m in damages for the battery and defamation charges

Trump did not testify, but the jury – made up of six men and three women – was shown a video deposition where he denied the rape

The claim was brought to trial after New York passed a law that allowed survivors to sue years after their alleged sexual assault

The burden of proof in a civil case is lower than in a criminal trial – a preponderance of the evidence rather than beyond a reasonable doubt.


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