Former President Trump Slammed with $83.3 Million Defamation Damages, Decrying a Broken U.S. Legal System

Trump’s Defamation Verdict: Vows to Appeal Amidst Accusations of ‘Biden Directed Witch Hunt’

Donald Trump, the former president, is reeling after a jury ordered him to pay writer E. Jean Carroll a staggering $83.3 million in defamation damages.

Reacting swiftly, Trump declared the case a ‘Biden Directed Witch Hunt’ and vowed to appeal the verdict, denouncing the U.S. legal system as ‘broken and unfair.’

Denouncing the Verdict: Trump Calls it ‘Absolutely Ridiculous’

Expressing his disagreement with the verdict, Trump took to Truth Social to proclaim the ‘absolutely ridiculous’ nature of the decision.

He accused the judicial system of being out of control and utilized as a political weapon, arguing that it strips away First Amendment rights.

Legal Fallout: Facing Multiple Criminal Indictments and Ongoing Appeals

Trump’s denunciation of the legal system comes as he already faces four criminal indictments, heightening the stakes of his legal battles.

The former president is not only appealing the recent $83.3 million verdict but also challenging a prior $5 million defamation case.

The appeals present opportunities to contest the punitive damages awarded by the jury.

Legal Team’s Fury: Lawyer Alina Habba Criticizes Court Interruptions

Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, expressed frustration outside the courthouse, highlighting the challenges faced during the trial.

Amid threats of jail by Judge Lewis Kaplan over courtroom interruptions, Habba asserted that they were unjustly stripped of every defense.

She emphasized the absence of DNA evidence and the denial of expert witnesses during the proceedings.

Trump’s Testimony and Trial Dynamics: Limited Statements and Courtroom Drama

During the trial, Trump testified for just under four minutes, with the judge restricting the scope of his statements.

Trump’s lawyer attempted to include comments rebutting Carroll’s accusations in the record.

The trial phase focused on Trump’s statements as president, not the separate jury’s finding of liability for sexual abuse.

Carroll’s Reaction and Emotional Courtroom Moments: Tears of Joy and Condemnation

After the verdict was read, E. Jean Carroll and her attorneys displayed tears of joy and embraced each other, leaving the courtroom arm-in-arm.

The case centered on Trump’s comments following Carroll’s rape accusation, and the jury awarded $83.3 million in damages for emotional harm, reputational damages, and punitive damages.

Financial Implications and Trump’s Assets: Estimated at $93 Million in 2020

With Trump’s total liquid assets estimated at $93 million in 2020, the $83.3 million verdict poses significant financial implications.

Separate investigations into Trump Organization’s finances by New York Attorney General Letitia James could potentially add to the financial burden.

Chaos in the Courtroom: Trump Walks Out After Jury Urged to Punish Him

The courtroom witnessed chaos when Trump walked out after Carroll’s lawyer urged jurors to punish him.

The dramatic exit, duly noted by Judge Kaplan, marked a tumultuous day in the legal proceedings.

The verdict now adds to the complex legal landscape Trump navigates, further intensifying the legal challenges ahead.

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