Judge Clarifies Donald Trump’s Liability for Rape in E. Jean Carroll Case
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- E. Jean Carroll accused Donald Trump of raping her in a Manhattan department store’s dressing room in the mid-1990s.
- In the civil suit, the jury found Trump liable for sexual abuse but did not explicitly label the offense as rape, leading to Trump’s legal team arguing that the verdict was excessive.
- Judge Lewis A. Kaplan rejected Trump’s legal team’s argument, clarifying that the jury’s finding of sexual abuse implies forcible digital penetration, aligning it with the more common definition of rape.
In a recent development, a judge clarified that the sexual abuse Donald Trump was found liable for in the E. Jean Carroll case should be understood as rape, despite the jury’s initial label of sexual abuse. The civil suit resulted in a $5 million fine against Trump, and his legal team argued that the verdict was excessive, contending that sexual abuse could be as limited as “groping” a victim’s breasts. However, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan rejected this argument, asserting that the jury’s finding of sexual abuse indicated forcible digital penetration, aligning with a more common definition of rape.
The case revolves around E. Jean Carroll’s accusation that Trump raped her in a Manhattan department store’s dressing room during the mid-1990s. While the jury found Trump liable for sexual assault in a defamation trial, they did not explicitly label it as rape. This clarification has significant implications, as it solidifies the understanding that the offense Trump was found liable for is indeed rape.
This legal battle adds to the series of legal troubles faced by Trump. Alongside the $5 million fine, Trump is also dealing with a second defamation lawsuit from Carroll. Despite the verdict, Trump’s legal team is seeking a new trial and continuing to appeal the decision in this contentious case.
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