BREAKING: Judge Issues MAJOR Ruling In Trump Case That Could Lead To Huge Payout

On Wednesday, leading Republican presidential candidate and 45th President Donald Trump was dealt a blow in court after U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan from New York issued a ruling in E. Jean Carroll's defamation case against him.

The judge explained in a ruling that Trump defamed Carroll in June 2019 with false statements after she accused him of sexual assault.

"[T]he jury found that Mr. Trump knew that his statement that Ms. Carroll lied about him sexually assaulting her for improper and ulterior purposes was false or that he acted with reckless disregard to whether it was false," Kaplan wrote. "Whether Mr. Trump made the 2019 statements with actual malice raises the same issue."

As reported by The Hill, the trial for the civil case is set to occur on January 15th. This ruling comes a few months after Trump was ordered to pay $5 million for damages for battery and defamation.

As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, Trump wrote on Truth Social in response to the $5 million order, "I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHO THIS WOMAN IS. THIS VERDICT IS A DISGRACE - A CONTINUATION OF THE GREATEST WITCH HUNT OF ALL TIME!"

Trump explained that he was not allowed to speak or defend himself. However, he was invited to testify publicly during the trial. "Waiting for a jury decision on a False Accusation where I, despite being a current political candidate and leading all others in both parties, am not allowed to speak or defend myself," he wrote, adding, "even as hard nosed reporters scream questions about this case at me."

"In the meantime, the other side has a book falsely accusing me of Rape, & is working with the press," Trump wrote. "I will therefore not speak until after the trial, but will appeal the Unconstitutional silencing of me, as a candidate, no matter the outcome!"

The case against Trump revolved around an alleged rape that occurred in a dressing room in the lingerie department on the sixth floor of Bergdorf Goodman on a Thursday evening in the spring of 1996.

President Trump has repeatedly denied the allegation saying during his deposition, "It didn't happen. And by the way, if it did happen, it would have been reported within minutes. Talking about going to a major floor, probably I assumed the most important floor, a major floor in a major department store. That's a very busy store, by the way, checkout counters and everything else. And I would be in there– I mean, it's the most ridiculous. It's the most ridiculous disgusting story is just made up."

This is a breaking news story and will be updated accordingly.

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