NEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald Trump on Thursday requested a new trial in the civil case brought by E. Jean Carroll, in which a Manhattan jury last month found the former U.S. president liable for sexually abusing and defaming the writer and awarded him $5. million in damages.
In a filing in Manhattan federal court, Trump’s lawyers said the jury’s $2 million award for the sexual abuse portion of the verdict was “excessive” because the jury found Carroll had not been violated and that Carroll’s alleged conduct had not caused any diagnosis. mental injury.
They also said the $2.7 million award for the defamation claim was “based on pure speculation.”
A lawyer for Carroll had no immediate comment.
Carroll’s lawsuit, filed in 2022, said Trump raped her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman’s department store in New York City in the mid-1990s and defamed her by denying it had happened. Trump called Carroll’s claims a “hoax.”
(Reporting by Luc Cohen and Jonathan Stempel in New York)