Jury finds Donald Trump sexually abused and defamed columnist E. Jean Carroll

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A jury in New York has found former US president Donald Trump liable for sexually abusing and defaming columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of raping her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s.

The nine-member jury in Manhattan federal court deliberated for less than three hours on Tuesday before reaching a unanimous verdict.

The jury awarded Carroll $5 million in damages, including $2 million for battery and $3 million for defamation.

Carroll, 79, testified during the civil trial that Trump, 76, forced himself on her in a Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan in either 1995 or 1996, after they ran into each other and he asked her to help him pick out a gift.

She said he pushed her into a dressing room, pulled down her tights and raped her.

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