Jury announces verdict in suit accusing Trump of rape
Jurors have reached a verdict in a suit accusing former president, Donald Trump of raping advice columnist, E. Jean Carroll.
According to NBC News, the jury said while Trump did not rape Carroll, he did sexually abuse her and was found liable for sexual battery and defamation. Trump is now ordered to pay Carroll $5 million.
Carroll is one of over a dozen women who accused the former president of sexual assault and/or harassment, going public with these accusations in 2019. Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a dressing room of a New York department store in 1996.
Despite these allegations, Trump has insisted that he never sexually abused Carroll, or even knew her to begin with describing the allegations as a "hoax" and a "con job" according to NBC News.
The former president did not show up to the trial according to the Associated Press.