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Jury finds Trump sexually abused writer E. Jean Carroll, awards her $5m

Former U.S. president also found to have defamed her by claiming she lied

E. Jean Carroll, center, exits federal court in New York on May 9 following the verdict in her civil case against former U.S. President Donald Trump.   © Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Donald Trump sexually abused magazine writer E. Jean Carroll in the 1990s and then defamed her by branding her a liar, jurors decided on Tuesday, dealing the former U.S. president a legal setback as he campaigns to retake office in 2024.

The nine-member jury in federal court in Manhattan awarded $5 million in compensatory and punitive damages. Although the finding of sexual abuse was enough to establish his liability for battery, the jury did not find that Trump raped her.

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