Donald Trump posts £71m bond in rape defamation case

Donald Trump was ordered to pay $83.3 million to the columnist (REUTERS)
Donald Trump was ordered to pay $83.3 million to the columnist (REUTERS)

Donald Trump has posted a $91.6 million (around £71 million) bond in response to a ruling against him in a defamation case with writer E. Jean Carroll.

Ms Carroll previously sued Mr Trump in 2022 with her allegation that he raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s, and then defamed her by denying it happened.

Following a two-week trial, the jury found Mr Trump liable in the civil case for abuse and defamation but not rape, after just under three hours of deliberations.

Mr Trump was ordered to pay $83.3 million to the columnist.

Mr Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba has now filed papers with the New York judge to show that he has secured a $91.6 million bond from the Federal Insurance Company.

The lawyer also filed a notice of appeal to show Mr Trump is appealing the verdict to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals.

The filings came a day after Judge Lewis A. Kaplan refused to delay a Monday deadline for posting a bond to ensure that 80-year-old Ms Carroll can collect the $83.3 million if it remains intact following appeals.

The posting of the bond was a necessary step to delay paying the huge sum until the 2nd Circuit can rule.

On Thursday, Mr Kaplan wrote that any financial harm to Mr Trump results from his slow response to the late-January verdict in the defamation case over statements he made about Ms Carroll while he was president in 2019 after she claimed in a memoir that he raped her in spring 1996 in a midtown Manhattan luxury department store dressing room.

Mr Trump vehemently denied the claims, saying that he didn't know her and that the encounter at a Bergdorf Goodman store across the street from Trump Tower never took place.

A jury last May awarded Ms Carroll $5 million after concluding that Mr Trump sexually abused her in the 1996 encounter, though it rejected Ms Carroll's rape claims, as rape was defined by New York state law.

A portion of the award also stemmed from the jury finding that Mr Trump defamed Ms Carroll with statements he made in October 2022.

The January trial pertained solely to statements Mr Trump made in 2019 while he was president.

Mr Kaplan instructed the jury that it must accept the findings of the jury last May and was only deciding how much, if anything, Mr Trump owed Ms Carroll for his 2019 statements.

Mr Trump did not attend the May trial, but he testified briefly and regularly sat with defence lawyers at the January trial, though his behaviour, including disparaging comments that a lawyer for Ms Carroll said were loud enough for jurors to hear, prompted Mr Kaplan to threaten to banish him from the courtroom.