Carroll sued Trump for assault and defamation, saying he raped her in the fitting room of a luxury department store in the 1990s. She first went public with the allegations in 2019.
The lawsuit was heard in court and several people testified, including another woman publicly accused Trump of sexual assault. On Tuesday, after three hours of deliberation, the Manhattan federal jury came to the conclusion Trump held liable for sexual abuse — but no rape — and ordered him to pay Carroll $5 million in damages — a decision Trump now wants the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn.
Trump slammed the verdict on his social media platform earlier this week, calling it a “disgrace” and “a continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time.” truth social.
Trump’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, confirmed Trump’s decision to appeal after the verdict was announced. He said he believed the appeal could move forward because the jury “rejected the rape charge and always maintained it was a rape case,” which he described as “a little confusing.” Politico reported.
But members of Carroll’s legal team said they are confident Trump has “no legitimate arguments” for an appeal.
“I’ve seldom felt more secure about an appeal than this one,” Carroll’s attorney Roberta Kaplan said Wednesday NBC’s Today.
THull was absent throughout the trial and have made no statement. The former president has repeatedly denied Carroll’s account, and has done so insulted her several times since she got in touch. He called Carroll a liar and claimed he didn’t attack her because of it she wasn’t his “type” and called her statement a “FRAUD!” on Truth Social.
Trump’s attacks on Carroll lasted until Wednesday, a day before he filed the appeal when he called her “a direct hit” in front of a crowd at a live CNN town hall event.
Carroll’s attorney said the New York Times On Thursday, she said her client is considering suing Trump a third time over his defamatory remarks about her on CNN, but said no decision had been made.
“Of course everything is on the table and we have to think about it seriously,” Kaplan told the Times. “We’ll have to weigh the various pros and cons and will likely come to a decision in the next day or so.”