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Former President Donald Trump was found liable on Tuesday for sexual abuse and defamation by a federal jury in writer E. Jean Carroll lawsuit and ordered to pay over $5 million in damages.

Carroll’s suit had accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman department store dressing room in the mid-1990s.

A nine-member jury, composed of three women and six men, deliberated for three hours before announcing their verdict midday Tuesday, the New York Post reported.

The jurors found Carroll’s 2019 lawsuit credible that alleged Trump sexually abused her in a dressing room at the department store, likely in 1996. They also sided with the writer on her allegation that Trump defamed her in a Truth Social post in October 12, 2022 that called her allegations a “hoax.”

The eight-day trial was spread across three weeks. The jury heard testimony from 11 witnesses, including Carroll, 79, two other women who accused Trump of sexual improprieties, and two friends who told the courtroom that Carroll had told them about the alleged assault.

Trump gave a video deposition but did not appear in person in the courtroom. He also did not call any witnesses or present any evidence in his defense.

Carroll was on the witness stand for three days during which she recalled meeting Trump at the department store across from Trump Tower, likely in the spring of 1996, that led to the alleged sexual assault.

The writer first went public with her accusation in June 2019 in a New York Magazine story. She later filed a lawsuit against Trump for defamation in November 2019 and for the alleged assault in November 2022.

Trump has denied ever meeting Carroll, saying in statements that she “wasn’t my type.”