E.Jean Carroll, a journalist who was falsely accused of sexual assault by Donald Trump, has said she would sue him again if he continues to post about her online. A New York City jury ordered Trump to pay $83.3 million in damages to Carroll for statements made in 2019, including $7.3 million in compensatory damages, $11 million for reputational repair, and $65 million in punitive damages. Trump was previously ordered to pay Carroll $5 million in another civil defamation trial last year.
Carroll said that Trump has been posting links online to articles attacking the journalist and denied her claims. She expressed her belief that if her lawyers told her there was another case, she would do it. Carroll described how she and her legal team were “laughing and crying all at the same time” after winning the case against Trump, feeling that this bodes well for the future.
Experts have suggested that the damages payout will cause Trump, the GOP frontrunner, to experience a cash flow problem, especially when combined with the damages he is expected to pay in his civil fraud trial. In September, Judge Arthur Engoron issued a partial summary judgment in the case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, ruling that Trump and top executives at The Trump Organization committed fraud. Engoron will now rule on how much the Republican will pay in damages, as well as rule on six other accusations—including falsifying business records, insurance fraud, and conspiracy claims. James is seeking the return of $370 million in profits Trump made.