Trump’s comments about E. Jean Carroll sexual assault cost her $12 million in reputational harm, expert testifies

E. Jean Carroll, the woman suing former President Donald Trump for defamation damages, wrapped up her testimony Thursday, telling jurors he destroyed her reputation with his outsize denials and insults about a sexual assault that took place at an upscale department store in the 1990s.

Trump, who was in the New York courtroom on Wednesday, was absent Thursday because he was attending the funeral of his mother-in-law, Amalija Knavs, in Florida. 

His accuser, former Elle columnist Carroll, faced intense cross-examination from Trump’s lead attorney, Alina Habba, who tried to cast doubt on the threats Carroll testified she received after Trump repeatedly called her a liar and claimed she was using his name to sell books and gain notoriety.

In this courtroom sketch, E. Jean Carroll testifies on the witness stand in federal court in
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