Trump's bid for new trial in E. Jean Carroll case rejected
Trump sought a new trial last month, arguing that the damages awarded to Carroll were "grossly excessive."
A federal judge Wednesday denied former President Donald Trump's request for a new civil trial in the case brought by writer E. Jean Carroll after a jury found Trump liable for battery and defamation.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, a Clinton appointee, wrote in a 59-page decision that jurors during the trial in May did not reach a "seriously erroneous result" and that the decision was not a "miscarriage of justice," according to Reuters.
Carroll accused Trump of raping her in the mid-1990s in a Manhattan department store.
Trump sought a new trial last month, arguing that the damages awarded to Carroll were "grossly excessive" after she was awarded $3 million for defamation and $2 million for sexual abuse, not rape.
Carroll brought a separate defamation suit against Trump involving his denial of her allegations in 2019 and 2022. Trump argued he enjoyed "presidential immunity" from Carroll's second defamation lawsuit, but Kaplan rejected that argument late last month.