NEW YORK (AP) — A jury ordered Donald Trump to pay $83.3 million in additional damages to the longtime advice columnist E. Jean Carroll on Friday, delivering a stinging, expensive rebuke to the former president who has continued to attack Carroll over her claims that he sexually assaulted her in a Manhattan department store. The award, when coupled with a $5 million sexual assault and defamation verdict last year from another jury in a case brought by Carroll, raised to $88.3 million what Trump must pay her. Protesting vigorously, he said he would appeal. Carroll clutched her lawyers’ hands and smiled as the seven-man, two-woman jury delivered its verdict. Emotional afterward, she shared a three-way hug with her attorneys. She declined comment as she left the Manhattan federal courthouse. Trump had attended the trial earlier in the day, but stormed out of the courtroom during closing arguments read by Carroll’s attorney. He returned for his own attorney’s closing argument and for a portion of the deliberations, but left the courthouse a half hour before the verdict was read. E. Jean Carroll leaves Federal court, Friday, Jan 26, 2024, in New York. A jury has awarded an additional $83.3 million to Carroll, who says former President Donald Trump damaged her reputation by calling her a liar after she accused him of sexual assault. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) “Absolutely ridiculous!” he said in a statement shortly afterward. “Our Legal System is out of control, and being used as a Political Weapon.” related coverage Donald Trump testifies for less than 3 minutes in defamation trial and is rebuked by judge Jury finds Trump liable for sexual abuse, awards accuser $5M It was the second time in nine months that a civil jury returned a verdict related to Carroll’s claim that a flirtatious, chance […]

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