Donald Trump’s primetime appearance in a live CNN town hall Wednesday had the former president

He had branded the network “fake news” and never granted any of its journalists an interview while president.

Trump’s appearance came a day after a New York jury found him liable for sexually abusing a woman nearly 30 years ago and defaming her when she spoke about it publicly.

Jurors awarded columnist E. Jean Carroll $5 million in damages. The jury rejected her claim of rape and instead found Trump responsible for a lesser degree of sexual assault.

Trump denied it, saying he never encountered Carroll at a 1996 department store and did not know her and has said he plans to appeal the verdict.

Trump skipped attending the trial and did not testify in his own defense during the proceedings, with jurors instead being shown video from a pretrial deposition

“They were there proud. They were there with love in their heart. That was unbelievable and it was a beautiful day," Trump said.