Cousins! A federal jury has officially ruled within a mid 90s sexual assault case involving Donald Trump and E.Jean Carroll. Though he’s been found not guilty of rape, officials found the former President guilty of sexual abuse and forcible touching of Carroll as they shopped within a department store!
According to CNBC News, the verdict was delivered today which includes Trump being found liable of defamation of character as him and his legal team accused Carroll of lying about being sexually assaulted in order to boost sales for her 2019 memoir.
“You know, facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts in evidence. The facts in evidence made plain here that E. Jean Carroll’s story is not worthy of your belief, not even close,” said Trump’s lawyer Joe Tacopina.
“Her story – and it’s just that, a story – is not true, she was not raped at Bergdorf Goodman’s. She was not defamed by being called out on making up that story.”
Within the forwarded lawsuit Carroll accused Trump of raping her within a dressing room stall of a New York City located Bergdorf and Goodman department store. She says that the two had seemingly ran into one another and that it was unplanned. The 79 year old says that Trump had been there shopping for a gift for a “girl” and that he asked for her advice. Reports from Fox News read that as Carroll helped him shop Trump pushed her into a dressing room and sexually assaulted her.
“I filed this lawsuit against Donald Trump to clear my name and to get my life back,” Carroll said within an issued statement. “Today, the world finally knows the truth. This victory is not just for me but for every woman who has suffered because she was not believed.”
Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan added, “No one is above the law, not even a former President of the United States.”
“For far too long, survivors of sexual assault faced a wall of doubt and intimidation,” Kaplan added. We hope and believe today’s verdict will be an important step in tearing that wall down.”
Despite his attorneys claims that Carroll fabricated her story, Trump has been ordered to pay $5 million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages.