Trump Breaks Silence After Being Found Guilty

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On Tuesday (May 9), shortly after being found guilty of sexual assault and defamation in the civil trial of author E. Jean Carroll, former President Donald Trump slammed the verdict as a “disgrace.”

In a post on Truth Social, Trump insisted — in all caps — that he has “no idea who this woman is.”

Later, in an interview with Fox News Digital, Trump declared that the “verdict is a disgrace” and expressed that it was merely a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time!”

He also revealed in the interview his plans to appeal the ruling while criticizing the Clinton-appointed judge overseeing the case.

“We’ll appeal,” Trump declared, claiming he was “treated very badly by the Clinton-appointed judge.”

Tuesday’s decision was made by a nine-member jury and found that Trump did not rape Carroll in the mid-1990s but convicted him of sexual assault.

He was also ordered to pay Carroll a total of five million dollars in damages.

In the civil case, Carroll had to prove her allegations of sexual harassment and defamation by a preponderance of the evidence.

Trump has not been criminally charged, which would have required a higher burden of proof.

During the nearly two-week trial in federal court, Carroll detailed how Trump raped her in the spring of 1996 in a dressing room at a well-known department store in New York.

Since Carroll first went public with the allegations in 2019, Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations and maintained that he does not know her.

In a 2019 interview with The Hill, Trump claimed the author wasn’t his “type.”

Carroll is one of several women coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior by the former President since he launched his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump has denied all the allegations.