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.