Donald Trump faces jury setting payout over E. Jean Carroll intercourse abuse and defamation claims

After an enormous victory within the Iowa caucus, former President Donald Trump is predicted in court docket Tuesday to face one other authorized problem: a trial to find out how way more he owes the author E. Jean Carroll for denying that he sexually assaulted her within the Nineties and accusing her of mendacity about her claims.

Jury choice begins Tuesday morning at a federal court docket in Manhattan. Opening arguments might happen by afternoon in what is basically a second penalty part of a authorized combat Carroll has already received.

In Might, a distinct jury awarded Carroll $5 million after concluding that Trump sexually abused her in a division retailer dressing room in spring 1996, then defamed her in 2022 by claiming she made it up after she revealed it publicly in a 2019 memoir. The jury stated Carroll hadn’t confirmed that Trump raped her.

One difficulty that wasn’t determined in that first trial was how a lot Trump owed for feedback he made about Carroll whereas he was nonetheless president.

Figuring out that greenback quantity would be the new jury’s solely job.

Choose Lewis A. Kaplan dominated final 12 months that the brand new jury didn’t have to determine anew whether or not Carroll was sexually abused or whether or not Trump’s remarks about her had been defamatory since these topics had been lined within the first trial.

Trump is predicted on the trial Tuesday, although his plans for the remainder of the week have change into unclear since his mother-in-law’s funeral was scheduled for Thursday. The trial is predicted to final a number of days.

He has stated he needs to testify, but when he does there will likely be strict limits on what he can discuss. He didn’t attend final 12 months’s trial, saying just lately that his lawyer suggested towards it.

As a result of the trial is meant to be targeted solely on how a lot Trump owes Carroll, the choose has warned Trump and his legal professionals that they can not say issues to jurors that he has stated on the marketing campaign path or elsewhere, like claiming she lied about him to advertise her memoir.

Kaplan additionally banned them from saying something about Carroll’s “past romantic relationships, sexual disposition, and prior sexual experiences,” from suggesting Trump didn’t sexually abuse Carroll or from implying she was motivated by “a political agenda, financial interests, mental illness, or otherwise.”

They’re additionally banned, the choose stated, from advancing any argument inconsistent with the court docket’s ruling that “Mr. Trump, with actual malice, lied about sexually assaulting Ms. Carroll.”

These restrictions don’t apply exterior of the presence of the jury. That has left Trump free to proceed posting on social media about the entire above matters — one thing he has executed repeatedly in latest days — though every recent denial comes with the opportunity of growing damages he should pay.

Kaplan rejected Trump’s request to delay the trial per week, though he stated he would let Trump testify as late as Monday even when the trial is in any other case prepared for closing arguments by Thursday.

Carroll, 80, plans to testify concerning the harm to her profession and status that resulted from Trump’s public statements. She seeks $10 million in compensatory damages and hundreds of thousands extra in punitive damages.

Trump, 77, is interesting the findings of final 12 months’s jury and has continued to take care of that he doesn’t know Carroll, that he by no means met her on the Bergdorf Goodman retailer in midtown Manhattan in spring 1996 and that Carroll made up her claims to promote her ebook and for political causes.

No matter his losses in court docket, Trump leads all Republicans in presidential major polls and plans to spend loads of time in court docket preventing the civil circumstances and 4 felony circumstances towards him, saying, “In a way, I guess you consider it part of the campaign.”

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