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Jury Finds Trump Guilty For Sexual Abuse, Awards Accuser $5M

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NEW YORK – A jury held Donald Trump accountable for sexually abusing advice columnist E. Jean Carroll in 1996, awarding her $5 million in a judgment that could follow the former president as he campaigns for re-election.

The jury returned a split verdict, rejecting Carroll’s claim that she was raped and holding Trump accountable for a lower degree of sexual abuse. The ruling adds to Trump’s legal difficulties while also vindicating Carroll, whose charges Trump had insulted and rejected for years.

She nodded when the decision was read aloud in a federal courtroom in New York City only three hours after deliberations began, then hugged supporters and smiled through tears. Carroll could be heard laughing and crying as the courtroom cleared.

Jurors also judged Trump guilty of defaming Carroll because of her allegations. Jury Trump did not appear at the civil trial and was not there when the judgment was read aloud.

Trump instantly took to Twitter, saying he did not know Carroll and calling the verdict “a disgrace” and “a continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time.” He promised to file an appeal.

After the judgment was read, Trump’s lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, shook hands with Carroll and hugged her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan. He told reporters outside the courthouse that the jury’s rejection of the rape claim while finding Trump guilty of sexual abuse was “perplexing” and “strange.”

“Obviously, part of me was very happy that Donald Trump was not labelled a rapist,” he stated.

He justified Trump’s absence by referring to the trial’s “circus atmosphere.” He claimed that having Trump there would create “more of a circus.”

“What else can you say other than ‘I didn’t do it,'” Tacopina replied.

Kaplan said in a written statement that the verdict demonstrated that no one is above the law, “not even the president of the United States.”

Carroll sued Trump to “clear my name and reclaim my life.” Today, Jury the entire globe is aware of this reality. This triumph is for all women who have suffered because they were not believed.”

It was unclear what impact the verdict would have on Trump’s third presidential candidature, if any. He holds a commanding advantage among Republican candidates and has incurred little political consequences in the aftermath of past controversies ranging from the filthy Jury “Access Hollywood” tape to his criminal prosecution in New York.


The jury returned a split verdict.

His Republican opponents remained mute after the verdict, indicating their concern about alienating Trump followers,Jury  vital to obtaining the presidential nomination. Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, one of the few loud Trump detractors in the race, called the conviction “another Jury example of Donald Trump’s indefensible behaviour.”

Carroll was one of several women who accused Trump of sexual assault or harassment. Jury  In a 2019 memoir, she claimed that the Republican raped her in the changing room of a posh Manhattan department shop.

Trump, 76, rejected it, saying he had never met Carroll and had no idea who she was. He has referred to her as a “nut job” who concocted “a fraudulent and false story” to sell a memoir.

Carroll, 79, requested unspecified monetary damages and a retraction of Trump’s allegedly defamatory denials of her claims.

The trial brought up the contentious issue of Trump’s behavior towards women.

Carroll testified for several days, open and at times emotional, and was supported by two friends who claimed that she reported the alleged incident to them shortly afterward.

Jurors also heard from Jessica Leeds, a former stockbroker who said Trump touched her against her will on an airline flight in the 1970s, and Natasha Stoynoff,Jury  a journalist who claimed Trump forcibly kissed her when she was interviewing him for a 2005 story.

The jury of six men and three women was also shown a 2005 “Access Hollywood” hot-mic recording of Trump bragging about kissing and grabbing women without their permission.

The Associated Press does not usually name persons who claim to have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly, as Carroll, Leeds, and Stoynoff have.

The ruling comes as Trump confronts an increasing barrage of legal challenges.

He is battling a criminal prosecution in New York involving hush money payments to a porn star. The state attorney general has filed a lawsuit against him, his family, and his company for alleged financial misconduct.


The jury returned a split verdict.

Trump is also dealing with probes into his suspected mismanagement of confidential papers, his behavior during the 2020 election, and his involvement during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurgency at the United States Capitol. Trump denies any wrongdoing in any of these cases.

Carroll, who wrote an advice column for Elle magazine for 27 years, has also written for magazines and “Saturday Night Live.” She and Trump were in overlapping social circles at a 1987 party, where a photo of them and their then-spouses chatting was taken. Trump has stated that he has no recollection of it.

Carroll claims she ended up in a dressing room with Trump after they met at Bergdorf Goodman on an undetermined Thursday evening in the spring of 1996.

Carroll said that they went on an unscheduled trip to the lingerie aisle so he could look for a women’s gift and soon were taunting one other about going on a tiny bodysuit. It appeared to her to be a comedy sketch, similar to her 1986 “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which a man admires himself in a mirror.

However, she claimed that Trump slammed the door, trapped her against a wall, pressed his mouth on hers, ripped her tights down, and raped her as she tried to flee. Carroll claimed she eventually shoved him off with her knee and exited the business.

“I always think back to why I walked in there to get myself into that situation,” she said, her voice shaking, “but I’m proud to say I did get out.”

She never phoned the cops or noted it in her diary. Carroll claimed she remained silent, fearing Trump’s retaliation, embarrassment, and concern that people would hold her responsible for the incident.

The jury gave Carroll $2 million for Trump’s sexual abuse and $20,000 in punitive damages. Jurors awarded $1 million in defamation damages for Trump’s October statement, $1.7 million in reputational damages, and $280,000 in punitive damages.

Tacopina told jurors Carroll made up her charges after seeing a 2012 “Law and Order” episode in which a woman is raped in the dressing room of a Bergdorf Goodman store’s lingerie section.

Carroll “cannot produce any objective evidence to back up her claim because it didn’t happen,” he told the jury. He accused her of “advancing a false rape claim for money, political reasons, and status.”

In questioning Carroll, he sought to doubt her account of fending off the significantly heavier Trump without dropping her bags or ripping her tights and without anyone in the lingerie department hearing or seeing them.

The lawyer pressured her on not yelling, looking for help when fleeing the store, or seeking medical attention, security video, or police, according to her own story.

Carroll chastised him.

“I’m telling you he raped me, whether I screamed or not,” she added.

Since the legal time limit has long passed, Trump cannot be charged with assaulting Carroll.

She filed her legal action as a defamation complaint for similar grounds, claiming that Trump’s insulting denials had subjected her to hostility, damaged her reputation, and harmed her career.

Then, beginning last autumn, New York State allowed victims to sue for sexual assault charges that would otherwise be too late. Carroll was among the first to file a claim.




Sony Is Once Again Facing A Potential Security Breach, This Time By A Ransomware Group

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Once more, Sony faces the possibility of a security breach, this time from a ransomware group alleging to have compromised PlayStation systems. On Sunday, the group LAPSUS$ proclaimed the alleged hack on their dark website. This could have significant implications for PlayStation users, although details remain scant.

According to the ransomware group, they have compromised all Sony systems and seized valuable information, including game source code and firmware. As “proof,” they have provided screen captures of what appears to be an internal login page, PowerPoint presentation, and file directory.

However, according to cybersecurity specialists, this information could be more convincing. Cyber Security Connect stated, “None of it appears to be particularly compelling information.” They suspect that LAPSUS$ may have exaggerated the scope of their breach.

Based on the limited data available, it is extremely difficult to determine the scope or integrity of the hackers’ claims. PlayStation’s online services do not appear to have been impacted so far, with no word if user data is at risk.


Sony Is Once Again Facing A Potential Security Breach, This Time By A Ransomware Group.

Not for the first time have Sony’s systems been targeted. In 2011, the PlayStation Network was compromised, exposing the personal information of 77 million users. Sony ultimately locked down PSN for nearly a month to improve security.

In 2014, North Korea launched a devastating cyberattack against Sony Pictures in retaliation for the film The Interview. The release of terabytes of sensitive data, including scripts for upcoming films and employees’ personal and medical information. Time will tell if Sony can once again recover its systems from a significant cyberattack. However, PlayStation users may need to prepare for potential consequences.

If LAPSUS$’s claims are accurate, this breach could have comparable repercussions. There is a possibility that sensitive source code and intellectual property could be compromised. There is also the possibility of significant PlayStation Network service disruptions. As with any hack, we recommend that users alter any passwords used on any PlayStation service to avoid problems with other online accounts.

CGMagazine has sought out Sony for comment, but at the time of publication, the company has neither confirmed nor denied the breach’s scope; we will update the article if the situation changes.

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Amazon Is Investing Up To $4 Billion In AI Startup Anthropic In Growing Tech Battle

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Amazon is investing up to $4 billion in artificial intelligence startup Anthropic and acquiring a minority stake in the company, the two companies announced on Monday.

The investment underscores how Big Tech companies are pouring money into AI as they race to capitalize on the opportunities that the latest iteration of the technology is set to fuel.

According to Amazon and Anthropic, the agreement is part of a larger collaboration to develop so-called foundation models, which are the basis for the generative AI systems that have garnered worldwide attention.

Foundation models, also known as large language models, are trained on vast online information pools, such as blog posts, digital books, scientific articles, and pop songs, to generate text, images, and videos that resemble human labor.


Amazon Is Investing Up To $4 Billion In AI Startup Anthropic In Growing Tech Battle.

Under the terms of the agreement, Anthropic will use Amazon as its primary cloud computing service and train and deploy its generative AI systems using Amazon’s custom processors.

Anthropic, based in San Francisco, was founded by former employees of OpenAI, the creator of the ChatGPT AI chatbot that made a global impact with its ability to generate responses that resembled human responses.

Anthropic has released Claude, its own ChatGPT competitor. The most recent version, available in the United States and the United Kingdom, can “sophisticated dialogue, creative content generation, complex reasoning, and detailed instruction,” according to the company.

Amazon is racing to catch up to competitors such as Microsoft, which invested $1 billion in OpenAI in 2019 and another multibillion-dollar investment at the beginning of the year.

Amazon has been releasing new services to keep up with the AI arms race, such as an update to its popular assistant Alexa that enables users to have more human-like conversations and AI-generated summaries of consumer product reviews.


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Photo Giant Getty Took A Leading AI Image-Maker To Court. Now It’s Also Embracing The Technology

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Anyone seeking a gorgeous photograph of a desert landscape will find various options in the Getty Images stock photography collection.

But suppose you’re searching for a wide-angle image of a “hot pink plastic saguaro cactus with large, protruding arms, surrounded by sand, in a landscape at dawn.” According to Getty Images, you can now request that its AI-powered image generator create one on the spot.

The Seattle-based company employs a two-pronged strategy to address the threat and opportunity of artificial intelligence to its business. First, it filed a lawsuit against a prominent provider of AI-generated images earlier this year for what it claimed was a “stunning” violation of Getty’s image collection.

But on Monday, it joined the small but expanding market of AI image creators with a new service that enables its customers to create novel images trained on Getty’s vast library of human-made photographs.

According to Getty Images CEO Craig Peters, the distinction is that this new service is “commercially viable” for business clients and “wasn’t trained on the open internet with stolen imagery.”

He compared this to some pioneers in AI-generated imagery, such as OpenAI’s DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stability AI, the creator of Stable Diffusion.

“We have issues with those services, how they were built, what they were built upon, how they respect creator rights or not, and how they actually feed into deepfakes and other things like that,” Peters said in an interview.


Anyone seeking a gorgeous photograph of a desert landscape will find various options in the Getty Images stock photography collection.

In a lawsuit filed early this year in a Delaware federal court, Getty alleged that London-based Stability AI copied without permission more than 12 million photographs from its collection, along with captions and metadata, “as part of its efforts to build a competing business.”

Getty asserted in its lawsuit that it is entitled to damages of up to $150,000 per infringed work, which could reach $1.8 trillion. Stability seeks dismissal or transfer of the case but has not formally responded to the underlying allegations. Similar to the situation in the United Kingdom, a court conflict is still brewing.

Peters stated that the new service, dubbed Generative AI by Getty Images, resulted from a long-standing partnership with California-based tech company and chipmaker Nvidia, which predated the legal challenges against Stability AI. It is based on Edify, an AI model created by Picasso, a division of Nvidia’s generative AI division.

It promises “full indemnification for commercial use” and is intended to eliminate the intellectual property risks that have made businesses hesitant to use generative AI tools.

Getty contributors will also be compensated for having their images included in the training set, which will be incorporated into their royalty obligations so that the company is “actually sharing the revenue with them over time rather than paying a one-time fee or not paying that,” according to Peters.


Anyone seeking a gorgeous photograph of a desert landscape will find various options in the Getty Images stock photography collection.

Getty will compete with rivals such as Shutterstock, which has partnered with OpenAI’s DALL-E, and software company Adobe, which has developed its own AI image-generator Firefly, for brands seeking marketing materials and other creative imagery. It is unlikely to appeal to those seeking photojournalism or editorial content, where Getty competes with news organizations such as The Associated Press.

Peters stated that the new model cannot produce politically damaging “deepfake” images because it automatically blocks requests containing images of recognizable persons and brands. As an illustration, he entered “President Joe Biden on a surfboard” as a demonstration to an AP reporter, but the tool rejected the request.

“The positive news about this generative engine is that it cannot cause the Pentagon to be attacked. “It cannot generate the pope wearing Balenciaga,” he said, referring to a widely shared fake image of Pope Francis wearing a fashionable puffer jacket generated by artificial intelligence.

Peters added that AI-generated content will not be added to Getty Images’ content libraries, reserved for “real people in real places doing real things.”


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