Writer E. Jean Carroll made headlines this week after a judge awarded her $5 million of former President Donald Trump's money after winning a defamation lawsuit against the 45th president.
According to Fox News, the New York City-based federal jury found Trump civically liable for "for sexual abuse and defamation." The jury didn't find him liable on the rape charge.
Trump revealed in no uncertain terms this week that he plans to challenge the verdict, which he claims is a "disgrace" and "a continuation of the greatest political witch hunt in history."
The former president has long-argued that he doesn't know Carroll, saying on many occasions he has "absolutely no idea" who the writer is or what she's talking about.
"We'll appeal. We got treated very badly by the Clinton-appointed judge," Trump told Fox News Digital. "And [Carroll] is a Clinton person, too."
On Thursday, Trump's legal team followed through on his promise to appeal, filing it officially with the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York.
JUST IN - Trump files a notice of appeal in E. Jean Carroll case. pic.twitter.com/DK7OZqcXYz
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Fox News explained the events that led up to the original lawsuit:
Carroll, 79, alleged that Trump raped her at the Bergdorf Goodman department store across the street from Trump Tower in Manhattan sometime in 1996. According to Carroll, the two had a chance run-in at the store, where Trump was shopping for a gift for "a girl." She said he asked for her advice, and the two shopped together before he pushed her into a dressing room and assaulted her.
Trump and his legal team insist that Carroll's allegations are fabricated, with the former president's initial reaction including an accusation that Carroll was motivated by wanting to sell copies of her book.
That move triggered Carroll to file suit against Trump, claiming defamation that caused her reputational harm.
Carroll, now possibly $5 million richer if Trump loses the appeal, did a victory dance at the conclusion of this week's trial.
"I filed this lawsuit against Donald Trump to clear my name and to get my life back," Carroll said in a statement this week. "Today, the world finally knows the truth. This victory is not just for me but for every woman who has suffered because she was not believed."
Not unexpected, Trump slammed the outcome of the verdict on Truth Social.
His 2024 campaign, which will undoubtedly have to counter the incoming attacks from his detractors and opponents in his 2024 campaign, also released a statement on the verdict.
"In jurisdictions wholly controlled by the Democratic Party our nation’s justice system is now compromised by extremist left-wing politics. We have allowed false and totally made-up claims from troubled individuals to interfere with our elections, doing great damage," the Trump campaign wrote.