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Donald Trump Walks Out of Courtroom Amid Damages Trial for Defamation

January 26, 2024

In a dramatic turn of events, former President Donald Trump abruptly exited a New York courtroom on Friday as closing arguments unfolded in a damages trial. The trial, stemming from a previous finding of Trump’s liability for sexually abusing E Jean Carroll in the 1990s, now centers on determining the damages he must pay for defaming Ms. Carroll, 80.

Last year, a jury held Trump accountable for the alleged abuse and defamation against Carroll, who had written about the incident. Seeking at least $10 million in compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages, Ms. Carroll’s lawyer characterized Trump as a liar who believes “the rules don’t apply to him.”

As the trial reaches its climax, the jury could deliver a verdict as early as today, shaping the financial repercussions for the former president. District Judge Lewis Kaplan noted Trump’s abrupt departure, stating, “The record will reflect that Mr. Trump just rose and walked out of the courtroom.” The trial’s outcome remains eagerly awaited, with the spotlight on the damages awarded to Ms. Carroll.

 

 

Credit: Sky News

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