Trump Liable in Rape Case
The jury awarded $5 million in damages
WaPo (“Jury finds that Trump sexually abused E. Jean Carroll, awards $5 million in damages“):
A jury has found that Trump sexually abused and defamed E. Jean Carroll, and awarded $5 million in damages. Carroll accused Trump of sexually assaulting her during a chance encounter at a Manhattan department store. He has denied her allegations, calling her a liar. Carroll sued him last year for battery and defamation.
It’s a breaking story, so presumably more detail will be forthcoming. I’m not sure more is needed.
To be sure, this was a civil case, not a criminal one. He’s not “guilty” of the crime of rape but liable for damages in a defamation case. But a jury found it more likely than not that he sexually assaulted Carroll and then lied and belittled her when she made the accusation publicly.
I doubt it’ll significantly impact Trump’s standing with Republicans. At this point, I don’t know what possibly could. But it should further erode his appeal among independents.