The case dates back to 2021, when a former apprentice on the reality TV show ‘The Apprentice’ accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in 2007. Summer Zervos, the accuser, claimed that Trump kissed her forcibly and groped her in a hotel room.
Trump, however, denied the allegations and dismissed them as politically motivated. He even went as far as to call Zervos a liar and claimed that the accusations were part of a smear campaign against him.
The trial began on May 1, 2023, and lasted for two weeks. Zervos testified in court and presented evidence to support her claims. Trump, on the other hand, did not testify and did not present any evidence to counter Zervos’ claims.
The jury heard arguments from both sides and deliberated for several hours before reaching a verdict. In a 9-3 decision, the jury found Trump liable for sexual abuse and awarded Zervos $5 million in damages.
This verdict has serious implications for Trump, both legally and politically. It marks the first time that a court has found Trump liable for sexual abuse. This could potentially open the floodgates for other accusers to come forward with similar claims.
The ruling could also have an impact on Trump’s political ambitions. Trump has been hinting at a possible presidential run in 2024, but this verdict could harm his chances. It could also damage his reputation and public image, which could affect his business interests.
This verdict is just one of several legal challenges that Trump faces. He is currently under investigation for financial fraud, tax evasion, and other crimes. He also faces several other lawsuits related to sexual abuse and harassment.
It remains to be seen how these legal challenges will play out, but one thing is clear: Trump’s legal troubles are far from over. It is likely that he will continue to face legal challenges and scrutiny for years to come.
The verdict in the sexual abuse lawsuit against Trump is a significant development in his legal troubles. It marks a major victory for his accuser and could have serious implications for Trump’s political ambitions and business interests. While this verdict is just one of many legal challenges that Trump faces, it underscores the seriousness of the accusations against him and the need for accountability.