Trump ordered to pay $83.3 million to E Jean Carroll by Monday or post bond: judge

A federal judge has denied former President Donald Trump’s request to delay enforcement of the $83.3 million judgment against him in the E. Jean Carroll defamation case. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ordered Trump to pay the full amount by Monday or post a bond.

In January, a federal jury found Trump liable for sexually abusing and defaming Carroll, awarding her $5 million in compensatory damages and $65 million in punitive damages after he denied raping her in the 1990s.

Trump has appealed the verdict, but Kaplan rejected his bid for a temporary stay, writing that Trump’s “current situation is a result of his own dilatory actions.” The judge said Trump had ample time to prepare since the January 26 verdict.

“He has not made any showing of what expenses he might incur if required to post a bond or other security…or any other circumstances relevant to the situation,” Kaplan stated in denying the stay request.

Trump’s campaign blasted the ruling as “a continuation of a totally lawless Witch Hunt,” vowing to continue litigating for “complete vindication.” His lawyers previously argued the court unfairly limited his testimony defending his reputation.

The former president denounced both the Carroll case verdict and a separate 2022 ruling that he was liable for battery and defamation, claiming the “legal system is out of control” and being politicized.

Carroll had sued Trump for defamation after he denied her rape allegation, which she claimed caused reputational harm. The $83.3 million award included compensatory and punitive damages.

Unless Trump posts bond by Monday’s deadline or secures another delay through appeals, he will be required to pay the multi-million dollar judgment to Carroll stemming from the high-profile defamation case centered around her sexual assault accusations.