Former President Donald Trump blasted a Manhattan jury’s decision in the bizarre civil case involving E Jean Carroll, a woman who accused Trump of rape more than 25 years after the alleged incident. Trump stated that he has “no idea” who Carroll is in a video announcement posted Tuesday.
“I have absolutely no idea who this woman is!” Trump announced. “The verdict is a disgrace, a continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time. Absolutely a shame!
“This is another scam. It’s a political witch hunt, and somehow we’re going to have to fight this stuff. We cannot let our country go into this abyss. This is disgraceful. You have somebody running for office. You have a woman that’s financed and lied about it,” Trump continued. “She totally lied about it by Democrat operatives, like, just about the biggest one there is. And she said that wasn’t true. They found that she lied about it, and the judge wasn’t even, I guess, letting it be put in as evidence. The whole thing is a scam, and it’s a shame, and it’s a disgrace to our country.”
“I have absolutely no idea who this woman is.”https://t.co/2kpTPQR2MW pic.twitter.com/jriWx7CA5I
— Grace Chong 🇺🇸 (@gc22gc) May 10, 2023
Civil trials differ from criminal trials in a number of ways, notably in terms of the burden of proof required for a decision. Trump was found “not liable” of rape, though he was found liable of sexual battery and defaming the woman. He was ultimately ordered to pay Carroll a sum of $5 million.
The case involving Trump and E. Jean Carroll dates back to 2019 when she accused the then-White House occupant of raping her in a crowded department store in the mid-1990’s. Carroll could not remember the date or even year of the incident, adding that she believed it happened on a Thursday.
Trump immediately denied the allegation and called Carroll a liar. She then filed a defamation suit against Trump in New York’s highest court, arguing that his statements had damaged her reputation and caused her emotional distress.
In another video announcement, Trump vowed to appeal the “fraudulent” case.
“What else can you expect from a Trump-hating, Clinton-appointed judge who went out of his way to make sure that the result of this trial was as negative as it could possibly be?” Trump said.
“Speaking to and in control of a jury from an anti-trump area, which is probably the worst place in the United States for me to get a fair trial, we will be appealing this decision.”
President Trump to appeal scam ruling. pic.twitter.com/DosyK1g1B7
— Big Fish (@BigFish3000) May 10, 2023