Former President Donald Trump has filed a notice of appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after being found liable for sexual battery and defamation of writer E. Jean Carroll.
The nine-member jury awarded Carroll $5 million in damages, with $2 million for the sexual battery claim and $3 million for defamation.
Explosive CNN comments and the feline named after a female body part
This notice of appeal comes a day after Trump called Carroll a “whack job” and again denied her accusations during a CNN town hall event.
Trump also claimed that the judge in Carroll’s case wouldn’t allow his attorneys to enter several things into evidence, including that Carroll’s cat was named after female anatomy.
“Her dog, or her cat, was named [after a female’s body part]. The judge wouldn’t allow us to put that in — all of these things — but with her, they could put in anything: Access Hollywood,” Trump said.
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Carroll matches Trump’s comments with name calling
In response to Trump’s comments, Carroll called them “stupid,” “disgusting, vile,” and “foul” in a Thursday interview with the New York Times.
She also stated that Trump knows he did it and is glad they won the case.
Trump likely to face another Lawsuit from Carroll
Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, told the Times they are considering bringing another lawsuit against Trump based on his comments on CNN.
“Everything’s on the table, obviously, and we have to give serious consideration to it,” Kaplan said. “We have to weigh the various pros and cons, and we’ll decide in the next day or so, probably.”
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Allegations denial results in emotional distress for Carroll
The case stems from a 2019 memoir by Carroll in which she accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the 1990s.
Trump denied the allegation, claiming that Carroll lied to sell books and that he had never met her.
In response to Trump’s comments, Carroll filed a lawsuit against him.
In her case, she claimed that Trump’s denials of the assault damaged her reputation and caused her emotional distress.
Legal hurdles overcome, lawsuit commences
The case proceeded slowly due to a legal dispute over whether the president could be sued for actions taken while in office.
In October 2020, a federal judge ruled that Trump was not acting officially as president when he made the statements, and the case could proceed.
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The Trump and Carroll showdown cum the grand conspiracy
The trial began on November 16, 2021, and lasted two weeks.
During the trial, Carroll testified that Trump assaulted her and that she had told two friends about the incident.
In his defense, Trump claimed that he had never met Carroll and that her accusations were part of a larger conspiracy against him.
Landmark sexual misconduct lawsuit likely to Shape the Future
This case is one of many lawsuits that Trump has faced since leaving office, including criminal investigations into his finances and alleged election interference.
The outcome of this case could have significant implications for future lawsuits against Trump and other high-profile individuals accused of sexual misconduct.
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