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Judge upholds $5 million jury verdict against Trump, denying ex-president’s show cause claim

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday upheld a $5 million jury verdict against Donald Trump, rejecting the former president’s claim that the price was excessive and that the jury justified it by not finding in the civil case that he raped a columnist in a luxury department store dressing room in the 1990s.

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said the jury’s May award of compensatory and punitive damages to writer E. Jean Carroll for sexual abuse and defamation was reasonable.

Trump’s lawyers had asked Kaplan to reduce the jury award to less than $1 million or order a new trial for damages. In their arguments, the attorneys said the jury’s $2 million compensatory damages award for Carroll’s sexual assault claim was excessive because the jury found that Trump did not rape Carroll at the Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan in the spring of 1996.