E. Jean Carroll is an American journalist, author, and advice columnist, is renowned for her “Ask E. Jean” column, which graced the pages of Elle magazine from 1993 to 2019. This column earned distinction as one of the lengthiest-running advice columns in American publishing history.
Age- 80 years
Full name-Elizabeth Jean Carroll
Born- 12 December 1943
Birthplace-Detroit, Michigan, United States
Spouse-John Johnson (m. ?–1990)
Profession-American journalist and author
Betty Carroll and Tom Carroll are the parents of Elizabeth Jean Carroll. While her father, Tom, was recognized as an inventor, her mother, Betty, pursued a career in politics as a Republican in Allen County, Indiana.
She married two times. Initially, she married Stephen Byers, with whom she parted ways in 1984. Later, she tied the knot with John Johnson, an anchorman and artist. However, Carroll and Johnson ended their marriage in divorce in 1990.
She enrolled in Indiana University, where she became a member of Pi Beta Phi and joined the cheerleading squad. In 1963, she was crowned Miss Indiana University, and the following year, representing the University; she secured the title of Miss Cheerleader USA in 1964.
Carroll’s “Ask E. Jean” column was a fixture in Elle from 1993 until 2020. However, she was terminated from Elle in February 2020, attributing her dismissal to President Trump’s disparagement of her reputation and appearance on Twitter. Elle, on the other hand, asserted that her firing was solely a business decision unrelated to Trump.
Carroll contributed to Saturday Night Live during the twelfth season in 1986 and 1987, earning a nomination for an Emmy award for outstanding writing on a variety series in 1987. From 1994 to 1996, she hosted and produced the Ask E. Jean television series on NBC’s America’s Talking, receiving acclaim from Entertainment Weekly as “the most entertaining cable talk show host you will never see.” She and the show were nominated for a CableACE Award in 1995.
Beyond her Elle column, Carroll wrote for various publications including The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Outside, Esquire, New York, and Playboy, where she served as the first female contributing editor. She authored a biography of Hunter S. Thompson titled Hunter: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson in 1993 and released her memoir, What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal, in June 2019.
In 2020 and 2021, Carroll penned a series of articles for The Atlantic profiling several women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct, including a profile of Jill Harth published in Vanity Fair in January 2021. She was also featured in conversation with Jessica Leeds, another woman who accused Trump of sexual misconduct, on This American Life in October 2021.
In addition to her journalistic endeavors, Carroll co-founded greatboyfriends.com with her sister in 2002, which was later acquired by The Knot Inc. in 2005. She also launched Catch27.com in 2004, a satirical take on Facebook, and an online version of her column, askejean.com, in 2007. In 2012, Carroll co-founded Tawkify, a matchmaking service, and advised its matchmaking team.
Sexual Assault Allegations
Carroll was among 13 women who accused CBS Corporation executive Les Moonves of sexual assault in 2019. She alleged that the incident occurred in a hotel elevator in the late 1990s after being interviewed by Moonves for a story. However, Moonves denied the accusation.
In June 2019, Carroll accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in the mid-1990s at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, detailed further in her book “Why Do We Need Men?: A Modest Proposal.” She claimed Trump forcibly kissed her, pulled down her pantyhose, and raped her in a department store dressing room. Trump denied the allegations, but Carroll provided a photo of them together in 1987. In response, Trump dismissed the significance of the photo.
In November 2019, Carroll filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump, asserting he damaged her reputation and caused emotional distress by denying the assault. The Department of Justice intervened, arguing that Trump’s comments were within his official capacity, but this claim was rejected in October 2020. In November 2022, Carroll sued Trump for battery under the Adult Survivors Act, leading to a trial in April 2023. The jury found Trump liable for sexual assault, battery, and defamation, awarding Carroll $5 million in damages.
Her approximate net worth stands at $5 million.
Latest News about E. Jean Carroll
Jury Orders Trump to Pay $83 Million for Defaming Columnist E. Jean Carroll
In a New York courtroom, a jury ordered former President Donald Trump to pay E. Jean Carroll a total of $83.3 million for damaging her credibility as an advice columnist by labeling her a liar after she accused him of sexual assault.
The jury awarded Carroll $65 million in punitive damages, $11 million for the harm to her reputation, and an additional $7.3 million. Trump is expected to appeal the verdict.
Despite the substantial penalty, the outcome was somewhat anticipated. Prior to the trial, Judge Lewis Kaplan had already ruled that Trump defamed Carroll, leaving the jury to determine the amount of compensation, not Trump’s liability. This marks the second time Trump has been directed to pay Carroll; he was previously ordered to pay $5 million for another defamation instance.
The Trump 2024 campaign responded to the verdict with a statement, claiming, without substantiation, that the trial is a “political weapon.”
The statement expressed vehement disagreement with both verdicts, promising an appeal against what they characterize as a “Biden Directed Witch Hunt” targeting Trump and the Republican Party.
The jury’s decision comes shortly after Trump’s victory in the New Hampshire primary, solidifying his position as the GOP front-runner. Meanwhile, Trump faces numerous legal challenges, including a pending civil trial in New York that could result in him paying over $250 million for fraudulent business practices. Additionally, he may face restrictions on conducting business in the state where he built his real estate empire. In total, Trump faces 91 charges across federal and state trials, ranging from those in New York to federal charges related to the January 6 Capitol riot.