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Trump found guilty in Manhattan departmental store rape case, will have to pay $5 million to the victim

A Manhattan jury on Tuesday found former President Donald J. Trump liable for sexually abusing and defaming E. Jean Carroll and awarded her $5 million in damages. More than a dozen women have accused Mr. Trump of sexual misconduct over the years, but this is the only allegation to be affirmed by a jury.

Former US President Donald Trump has been accused of sexually abusing magazine writer E Jean Carroll. According to the news agency AFP, Trump will have to pay INR 41 crore rupees ($5 million) as compensation to Carroll. The verdict was pronounced in the Federal Courtroom of New York.

A 9-member jury found Trump guilty of sexual assault and defamation of Carroll. However, the jury dismissed the rape charge against Trump.

Magazine Writer, E. Jean Carroll alleged in 2019 that Trump raped her in 1996 at a Manhattan department store. Trump denied these allegations outright. He said he did not know Carroll and had not met her at the store. He had said that Carroll was making up a false story to sell her book.

The trial, in this case, started on 25 April. Two women testified against Trump during the trial. People Magazine reporter Natasha Stoynoff told that Trump had forcibly kissed her in 2005. Another woman, Jessica Leeds, said Trump had kissed and groped her in 1979. The jury also heard a 2005 recording of Trump. In this, Trump was talking about kissing and grabbing women without permission.

“I fear Trump due to his huge wealth and political influence” – Jean Caroll, rape victim

Two of Carroll’s friends testified at the trial that Carroll had told them about the incident. However, for fear of Trump, she was asked not to tell this to anyone. Carroll was afraid that if she came forward, Trump would take revenge on her on the basis of his power and money.

Trump didn’t attend trial:

Trump did not attend the civil trial against him. He was also not present at the time of the pronouncement of the verdict. This is a civil matter, so there is no danger of going to jail in front of Trump. In this case, the identity of the members of the jury has been kept secret. Trump later called the decision outrageous on his social media accounts, saying he did not know Carroll. He said that a campaign is being launched against him to defame socially.

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