(trendingpoliticsnews) – In a highly anticipated verdict, former President Donald J. Trump has been found liable of battery in the civil suit brought by E. Jean Carroll. However, he was not found liable of rape, a charge Carroll had levied against Trump in her lawsuit.
Being found liable in a civil suit is not the same as being found guilty in a criminal case. In a civil case, the standard of proof is lower than in a criminal case, and the penalties are typically monetary damages rather than imprisonment or other forms of punishment.
In this case, being found liable for battery means that Trump will likely be required to pay damages to Carroll as a result of his actions. AP News reported the jury awarded Carroll $5 million. It was initially reported the award would be at least $2 million.
The case involving Carroll and Trump dates back to 2019, when Carroll, a journalist and writer, accused Trump of raping her in the mid-1990s. In response, Trump denied the allegations, calling Carroll a liar and claiming that he had never met her.
In November 2019, Carroll filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump in New York State Supreme Court, alleging that his statements about her had damaged her reputation and caused her emotional distress.
Trump’s legal team sought to have the case dismissed, however, a judge rejected that ruling that the case could proceed. The case continued to make headlines as it proceeded through the court system, with both sides submitting arguments and evidence to support their positions.