Trump found guilty of sexual assault and defamation

After a very short deliberation of less than three hours, the jury found Donald Trump guilty of sexual assault and defamation but not guilty of rape of E. Jean Carroll.

A New York jury has found that Donald Trump sexually abused the advice columnist E Jean Carroll in a New York department store 27 years ago.

The verdict for the first time legally brands a former US president as a sexual predator. But as it is the result of a civil and not criminal case, the only legal sanction Trump will face is financial.

The jury awarded Carroll more than $2 million on the charge of assault and about $3 million on the defamation charge.


  1. machintelligence says

    In that three hours they had to:
    elect a foreperson
    read the jury instructions
    vote on a verdict
    have lunch
    decide on damages and penalties (probably the long part)
    fill in and sign all of the forms.
    This could be a near record time result.

  2. says

    In a reasonable world, a verdict like this would be the last we heard about Trump. Somehow, I don’t expect that it’ll even slow him down.

  3. Holms says

    I bet Trump’s ranting and seething behind closed doors was epic, I’d love to see the tantrum.

    Weird that defamation was found to be more damaging than sexual assault.

  4. Silentbob says

    @ ^

    “Gender critical” man discovers patriarchy in 2023. Remains utterly mystified

    (For those who don’t know, “gender critical” is a euphemism transphobic bigots use for themselves.)

  5. sonofrojblake says

    @1 -- I saw someone speculating that a fair proportion of time the jury took was likely spent sitting around saying “Do you think we’ve waited long enough so it looks like we thought about it for, like, a second?”

  6. No Respect says

    @Silentbob: please, calling Holms “gender critical”, is a huge disservice to him. He is a true badass, and if you’re gonna be taunting him* he deserves to be called something much cooler, like TERF: Trans Eradicationist Reactionary Fascist.

    * A waste of time IMO, but I admit it can be fun

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