Former President Donald J. Trump has vowed to appeal a recent decision holding him liable for defamation and battery in a rape case. The case was brought by an author named E. Jean Carroll who alleged that Trump assaulted her in a fitting room of the Bergdorf Goodman department store. Despite being cleared of rape, Trump was ordered by a jury to pay $5 million in damages.
The case has been widely viewed as a sham and another attempt by the Democrats to go after Trump, who won the presidency in 2016. In a tweet, Trump called the case a “scam” and a “continuation of the greatest political witch hunt of all time.” He also blasted the judge as being anti-Trump.
BREAKING: After Trump's team decided to not offer a defense in the E. Jean Carroll Vs. Donald Trump Rape and Defamation suit, the Verdict is in!
The jury of 9, including six men and 3 women, deliberated for just under 3 hours, an incredibly quick deliberation, finding Trump… pic.twitter.com/0ilUSCZrNJ
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 9, 2023
Trump’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, pointed out that Carroll’s story was implausible and contained numerous inconsistencies. He asked Carroll whether she ever watched an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit , which contained a similar story of an alleged rape. Carroll said that she had not, but Tacopina said that the similarities were “astonishingly” coincidental.
Tacopina also noted that the case was brought years after the alleged incident and that Carroll had not notified the police at the time of the incident, making it difficult for Trump to mount a defense.
Despite this, Carroll’s lawyers attempted to paint Trump as a sexual predator, citing the Access Hollywood tape and claims from two other women who testified that Trump had assaulted them. However, Tacopina dismissed these accounts as irrelevant.
The case has been viewed as another example of the Democrats trying to take down Trump. The former president has consistently said that he cannot get a fair trial in New York City, and his legal team has indicated that they will pursue an appeal.
While Trump was found not guilty of rape, the recent decision against him is viewed as a setback for the former president. Nevertheless, many of his supporters believe that the case is part of a larger campaign to destroy Trump politically and that he will ultimately prevail.
Source: Conservative Institute