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Donald Trump Posts $91.6M Bond As He Appeals E. Jean Carroll Case

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on March 8, 2024 at 2:19 PM EST
Updated on March 8, 2024 at 2:31 PM EST

Former President Donald Trump posted a $91.63 million bond Friday, March 8 as he appeals the E. Jean Carroll defamation case.

As The Blast previously reported, a Manhattan jury awarded E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million from Trump, who owed damages to E. Jean Carroll for “injury to her reputation, humiliation and mental anguish in her public and private life.”

Per the jury's ruling, the 77-year-old former President must pay Carroll $11 million to fund “a reputational repair campaign” and $7.3 million for the emotional harm caused by his public statements. He was also ordered to pay Carroll $65 million in punitive damages for acting maliciously in his previous statements, per our previous report.

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Donald Trump Calls Jury's Verdict 'Absolutely Ridiculous'

Donald Trump Posts $91.6M Bond As He Appeals E. Jean Carroll Case
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Trump's plan to appeal shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, as just shortly after the verdict was read, he took to social media, claiming the ruling is “absolutely ridiculous,” adding that he “fully disagrees with both verdicts, and will be appealing this whole Biden Directed Witch Hunt focused on me and the Republican Party.”

The former President went on to bash “our Legal System", claiming it "is out of control, and being used as a Political Weapon. They have taken away all First Amendment Rights. THIS IS NOT AMERICA!”

Now, according to a court filing Friday, the 77-year-old obtained an appeals bond from the Virginia-based Federal Insurance Company totaling $91,630,000 to cover the $83 million judgment in the case plus interest.

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Donald Trump To Challenge Jury's Verdict In E. Jean Carroll Defamation Case

Donald Trump Posts $91.6M Bond As He Appeals E. Jean Carroll Case
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In order to appeal the case, Trump had to either pay the judgment or post a bond for the judgment's full amount. On Friday, he did just that.

As reported by The New York Post, former President Donald Trump has posted the nearly $92M bond, which will allow Trump to "stop the penalty from being enforced while he challenges January’s verdict at the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit."

He also filed a notice of appeal of the judgment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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"President Trump respectfully requests that this Court recognize the supersedeas bond obtained by President Trump in the sum of $91,630,000.00 and approve it as adequate and sufficient to stay the enforcement of the Judgment, to the extent that the Judgment awards damages, pending the ultimate disposition of President Trump's appeal," Trump's attorney Alina Habba said in Friday's filing.

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President Donald Trump Appeals E. Jean Carroll Ruling

Donald Trump Posts $91.6M Bond As He Appeals E. Jean Carroll Case
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When speaking to ABC News, Habba said they are confident the judgment will be overturned due to their appeal.

"Due to the numerous prejudicial errors made at the lower level, we are highly confident that the Second Circuit will overturn this egregious judgment," Habba told the outlet.

The 77-year-old was ordered to pay the $91.6M at a trial to determine damages after a federal judge found the former President liable for defaming Carroll on multiple occasions.

As you may know, Trump was on trial to determine how much in damages he owed E. Jean Carroll for “injury to her reputation, humiliation and mental anguish in her public and private life” after he was found liable for sexually abusing Carroll in the 1990s.

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Former federal prosecutor Josh Naftalis told ABC News that by posting a bond, Trump guaranteed that Carroll could collect the judgment if the former president exhausts his appeal.

Donald Trump Found Liable For Sexually Abusing E. Jean Carroll

Donald Trump Posts $91.6M Bond As He Appeals E. Jean Carroll Case
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The former President was previously found liable for sexually abusing Carroll in a New York department store in the 1990s, which she revealed in her memoir, ‘What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal.'

Trump claimed Carroll made up the accusations to help promote her book, calling her a “whack job” who should “pay dearly.”

When E. Jean Carroll took the stand during the defamation trial, she told the jury that she was there “because Donald Trump assaulted me, and when I wrote about it, he said it never happened.”

The former President also took the stand for a short period of time, claiming the reason he went after Carroll was because he wanted “to defend myself, my family, and frankly the presidency.”

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