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A Manhattan jury reached a verdict Tuesday in the case involving E. Jean Carroll’s civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump. Carroll alleged that Trump sexually assaulted her in a department store dressing room in the 1990s.
The jury ruled that “Trump more likely than not sexually abused E. Jean Carroll” and determined that Trump defamed Carroll.
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The jury considered whether to hold Trump liable for battering Carroll and for defaming her and, if so, whether she deserves to be paid damages.
“Carroll was able to sue for battery under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, passed last year to allow people who have sexually abused a one-time chance to file civil suits despite any relevant statutes of limitations,” HuffPost reported.
“She also accused Trump of defamation, as the former president has repeatedly responded to her claims with an array of personal insults. Trump has said Carroll was a liar and called her claim a ‘hoax,’ which could not be true because Carroll was not his ‘type.’ He also suggested she was too old at the time of the alleged incident to compel his sexual interest, although they would have been nearly the same age,” the outlet added.
The verdict came as former First Lady Melania Trump gave a rare interview this week and said she is 100 percent behind her husband’s 2024 presidential run.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, she told the outlet that she looks forward to serving with former President Trump in “restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength” during a second term.
Mrs. Trump expressed her commitment to prioritize initiatives focused on children’s well-being and development if she has the opportunity to serve as first lady again in 2024. She emphasized the importance of providing children with the necessary support and resources to help them reach their full potential, the outlet said.
“My husband achieved tremendous success in his first administration, and he can lead us toward greatness and prosperity once again,” she told the outlet.
“He has my support, and we look forward to restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength,” she said.
Mr. Trump currently has a strong lead over the rest of the declared and potential GOP presidential field heading into the primaries which will begin with debates starting in August.
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After leaving Washington D.C., Mrs. Trump has expanded the “Be Best” initiative by creating “Fostering the Future,” which focuses on providing computer science scholarships to children aging out of the foster care system. The goal is to equip them with the necessary academic background to secure technology-based jobs, empowering them to become self-sufficient and productive members of society.
“Since leaving Washington D.C., my commitment to the foster community has grown stronger,” she said. Mrs. Trump then highlighted her efforts in obtaining scholarships for children in foster care with the assistance of her team, partners, and the public.
“At the present time, there are more than 400,000 children in the foster care system, and there is less than a 3% chance of former foster children completing their college education. In fact, many end up on the street, homeless,” she said.
“My objective is to reduce the gap and increase access to higher education for those who leave the foster care system,” she added.
Mrs. Trump’s “Fostering the Future” initiative has already granted two university-level scholarships to individuals from the foster care community to study technology.
“I have faith that an education-based foundation will provide these individuals with the skills needed to secure employment and achieve financial stability,” she told the outlet.
She added that if her husband wins again next year, she will “prioritize the well-being and development of children as I have always done.”
“My focus would continue to be creating a safe and nurturing space for children to learn, grow, and thrive,” she said. “If additional problems arise, I will take the time to study them and understand their root causes.”
“My goal would be to ensure that every child has the support and resources they need to reach their full potential,” she noted further.