Donald Trump found guilty of sexual abuse and ordered to pay out millions

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    Former US President Donald Trump has been found guilty of sexual abuse dating back to 1996.

    And he has been ordered to pay out millions of dollars as a result.

    He will now have to pay E Jean Carroll around $3million (£2.7million) in damages.

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    Despite being found guilty of sexual abuse, the jury did not agree that he raped her.

    The damages breaks down as $2.7million (£2.4million in compensation, and $280,000 (£250,000) in punitive costs.

    She was also awarded another $20,000 (£14,000) in damages relating to a claim of battery.

    The verdict was announced in a federal courtroom in New York City on the first day of jury deliberations.

    Trump, who did not attend the trial, has insisted he never sexually assaulted Carroll or even knew her.

    Judge Jewis Kaplan told jurors that the first question on the verdict form was to decide whether they think there is more than a 50% chance that Trump raped Carroll inside a store dressing room.

    If they answered yes, they would then decide whether compensatory and punitive damages should be awarded.

    If they answered no on the rape question, they could then decide if Trump subjected her to lesser forms of assault involving sexual contact without her consent or forcible touching to degrade her or gratify his sexual desire.

    If they answered yes on either of those questions, they will decide if damages are appropriate.

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    Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, cited excerpts from Trump’s October deposition and his notorious comments on a 2005 “Access Hollywood” video in which he said celebrities can grab women between the legs without asking.

    She urged jurors to believe her client.

    “He didn’t even bother to show up here in person,” Kaplan said. She said much of what he said in his deposition and in public statements “actually supports our side of the case.”

    “In a very real sense, Donald Trump is a witness against himself,” she said. “He knows what he did. He knows that he sexually assaulted E. Jean Carroll.”

    Trump called the verdict a "disgrace" on his Truth Social social media platform.

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