In a new defamation lawsuit reportedly brought by author E. Jean Carroll, Former President Trump might be subject to an extra $10 million in penalties for having doubled down on statements made against her at a CNN town hall event.
On May 9, a federal jury in New York convicted Trump guilty of assaulting Carroll and later defaming her after he vehemently refuted her accusation that he had sexually assaulted her in a department store dressing room in the 1990s.
A civil trial jury of nine members, after only two and a half hours of deliberation, unanimously decided two weeks ago that Trump must pay Carroll $5 million in damages.
The 79-year-old Carroll’s lawyers on Monday submitted changes to the first of her two defamation lawsuits against Trump that would make the former president accountable for comments he made during a CNN broadcast on May 10.
“Trump’s defamatory statements post-verdict show the depth of his malice toward Carroll since it is hard to imagine defamatory conduct that could possibly be more motivated by hatred, ill will, or spite. This conduct supports a very substantial punitive damages award in Carroll’s favor both to punish Trump, to deter him from engaging in further defamation, and to deter others from doing the same.”Carroll’s lawyer’s claimed in the complaint.
The former president denied knowing Carroll and referred to the verdict as a fake story during the town hall.