Trump ordered to pay $83m in damages in defamation trial |BBC News

The jury has decided in Donald Trump’s defamation trial brought by the writer E Jean Carroll.

Trump has been ordered to pay a total of $83.3m (£65.6m) – made up of $18.3m in compensation damages and $65m in punitive damages.

Trump was in court on Friday for closing arguments – but was not in the room when the verdict was read out.

A jury in a previous civil fraud trial found Carroll was sexually abused by Trump in the 1990s, but this case is about comments he made in 2019 while he was president.

The case is one of several legal issues unfolding against Trump while he campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination.

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