Donald Trump has to pay $24.5 million in bail

Donald Trump wants to become US President again – but first has to come to terms with a lawsuit worth millions. However, his delaying tactics don't seem to be working this time.

In the United States on Thursday (local time), a federal judge rejected Donald Trump's request to postpone the enforcement of an $83.3 million judgment in the libel lawsuit against the writer E. Jean Carroll. “Mr. Trump's current situation is the result of his own delaying tactics,” said US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan, explaining his decision.

Trump had tried to delay enforcement of the judgment and only filed his motions to dismiss the judgment on Tuesday. According to Kaplan, Trump should not have waited until 25 days after the verdict before requesting a stay. The judge's decision now increases the pressure on the former US president to pay the bail expected from him.

Donald Trump has 30 days to pay

In their verdict on Jan. 26, jurors agreed with E. Jean Carroll, a former columnist for Elle magazine, that Trump had defamed her in June 2019 by denying that he met her in a dressing room at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s to have raped. Judge Kaplan made the ruling official on February 8, giving Trump 30 days to post $24.5 million bail or raise cash while he appeals.

Trump also hasn't shown that he could suffer “irreparable harm” if he had to post bail. Trump's lawyers and a spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Carroll's attorney declined to comment on the matter.