SDNY Jury finds Trump Liable for Sexual Abuse and Defamation

May 9, 2023

NEW YORK, NY – A Manhattan federal jury on Tuesday found Donald Trump responsible for sexually abusing writer E. Jean Carroll in 1996 and then defaming her, awarding her $5 million in damages. After a two-week trial, the jury had to find that Carroll’s legal team proved that Trump knew it was false when he published the statement about Carroll last year and knowingly exposed her to public ridicule. They also had to determine that she proved by clear and convincing evidence that the statement was false, and that Trump made the statement with actual malice. The case was filed last November under the “New York State Adult Survivors Act”, a state bill which opened a look-back window for sexual assault allegations.

Impact Trial proudly worked alongside the outstanding attorneys from Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP to prepare and support them throughout the trial.

The case is Carroll v. Trump, case number 1:22-cv-10016, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.