Donald Trump has criticized the New York jury's ruling that he was accountable for sexual assault and maligning a previous magazine reporter, Jean Carroll. He labeled the verdict a "disgrace" and maintained that he was still the target of a witch hunt. Donald Trump has received his first personal verdict in a series of ongoing legal cases that could impact his 2024 presidential campaign. The case is civil, not criminal, so he is not at risk of imprisonment. E. Jean Carroll, a former Elle magazine advice columnist and talk show host, accused former President Donald Trump of raping her over 20 years ago in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue. Carroll is currently embroiled in a defamation lawsuit against Trump after he publicly dismissed her allegations.