Trump is offering hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in safety for the attraction of Carroll’s intercourse abuse conviction

Former President Donald J. Trump in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, prior to his departure for a two-day trip to Des Moines, Iowa, May 31, 2023.

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Donald Trump posted $5.6 million as security while the former president is appealing a civil judgment alleging that he sexually abused writer E. Jean Carroll in the 1990s and defamed her decades later, according to a court filing on emerged Friday.

If Trump loses the appeal, Carroll will seek the $5 million a jury awarded her in the case in May, or an adjusted verdict, under a joint agreement that his attorneys and Carroll’s attorneys submitted.

But if Trump wins his appeal, he will get the bail back “in addition to any interest earned on such monies” while held in an account under the court’s control, the provision said.

E. Jean Carroll, former advice columnist for Elle magazine, watches as Joe Tacopina, attorney for former US President Donald Trump, during a civil trial in which Carroll accuses Trump of raping her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s , closing arguments defamation, New York, May 8, 2023.

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If the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court remits the case for further hearing to the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the funds will remain where they are until an arbitral award to Carroll becomes “final and final,” the filing states.

Judge Lewis Kaplan later approved the agreement Friday afternoon.

After news of the deal broke, attorney George Conway, a harsh critic of Trump, tweeted: “He. Could. A. Bond.”

Conway indicated that Trump was unable to obtain an appeal bond from a third party because “no one wants to pursue him for the collateral” that would be required to even obtain bail if Trump were to lose his appeal.

Trump’s attorney, Joseph Tacopina, told CNBC, “Not at all!” when asked if Conway’s allegation was accurate.

Tacopina said Trump “didn’t want to waste the money on collateralizing a bond,” which would have required Trump to pay the bond’s guarantor a premium for the service, which is typically 1% of the bond’s value.

“He had the money,” Tacopina said of Trump.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina speaks to the press April 4, 2023 after Trump’s hearing at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York.

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Carroll alleged in her lawsuit that Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination for president, raped her in a fitting room at the Bergdorf Goodman store in the mid-1990s after a chance encounter there.

She also claimed he defamed her in his remarks last fall while denying her allegations.

After a trial in May, a jury concluded that 77-year-old Trump was responsible for the sexual abuse of Carroll — but not the rape. The jury also found that he had defamed her.

Trump has petitioned the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit to overturn the verdict.

Separately, he has asked Kaplan to order a retrial solely on the issue of monetary damages.

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In a June 8 court filing, Trump’s attorney Joseph Tacopina argued that the $2 million jury awarded 79-year-old Carroll for Trump’s sexual abuse charges was “extremely excessive” according to the case law. Tacopina said Carroll’s damages for this claim should be “in the low six figures” at best.

Defense attorneys also argued that the $2.7 million in damages awarded to Carroll should be drastically reduced to no more than $368,000.

In a letter to Kaplan Friday, Tacopina said his law firm currently holds $5.6 million of Trump’s funds in escrow and will deposit those funds into a court-controlled account if the judge approves the determination.

Trump may threaten he will have to pay Carroll even more money next year.

Kaplan has scheduled a January 15 trial to begin another lawsuit Carroll filed against Trump. In this case, Carroll accuses Trump of defaming her with comments he made about her as president after she first went public with her rape allegations.

Carroll is seeking at least $10 million in damages in this case. Kaplan this month allowed her to amend her existing lawsuit and include comments Trump made about her on CNN in May, a day after he lost the first trial.

Trump was indicted by a federal grand jury in Miami earlier this month over allegations that he withheld hundreds of classified documents at his Florida residence after leaving the White House in January 2021. He has pleaded not guilty in this case.

He also pleaded not guilty in a New York state case to nearly three dozen counts of falsifying business records related to hush money payments made before the 2016 presidential election to two women who said they had sex with him.

Trump is under separate criminal investigations by federal prosecutors for efforts to reverse his defeat in the 2020 election and by an Atlanta prosecutor for attempting to get Georgia officials to reverse President Joe Biden’s victory in that state earlier this year make.

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