On May 9th, 2023, a jury rejected writer E. Jean Carroll's claim that former President Donald Trump raped her in 1996. The jury found him liable for battery in the attack, but did not find sufficient evidence to support the rape claim.
Carroll filed the lawsuit against Trump last year, accusing him of battery and defamation stemming from his denial of her allegations. Trump has vehemently denied her claims since they first came to light in 2019, calling them "totally false" and "a completely false accusation".
The verdict was read by the jury on Tuesday afternoon after several hours of deliberation. While Carroll was awarded $2 million in damages for the battery charge, she expressed disappointment that her rape claim had been dismissed. She said she will continue to fight for justice and accountability for all survivors of sexual assault.
This case is one of many legal battles that have been waged against Trump since he left office in January 2021. It serves as a reminder that no one is above the law and that survivors of sexual assault must be heard and taken seriously.