Published: Sat, June 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump dismisses E. Jean Carroll rape allegation as 'fiction'

Trump dismisses E. Jean Carroll rape allegation as 'fiction'

A writer for Elle magazine has accused President Donald Trump of raping her about 24 years ago, and says she still has the unwashed coat she was wearing when it happened.

She claims Mr Moonves assaulted her in a Beverly Hills hotel during an interview in 1997.

"I've never met this person in my life", the United States president said in a statement. She boasts many bylines in publications like Playboy, Esquire, and Outside - and Carroll still found time to author five books.

He also said that NY magazine is a "dying publication" and had tried to "prop itself up by peddling fake news". A Modest Proposal, which will be released on July 2.

Carroll wrote that after what started as a friendly encounter with Trump at Bergdorf Goodman in 1995 or 1996, the real estate mogul pushed her up against a dressing room wall, unzipped his trousers and forced himself on her. Carroll said that in a "colossal struggle", she pushed him off and ran from the store.

Carroll, now 75, wrote in her book excerpt on the magazine's website that Trump recognized her as "that advice lady" as he arrived at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue just as she was leaving. I don't know what Carroll was thinking at this moment but I do know that women in general are conditioned to take men's feelings into account above our own, even when they're assaulting us. After a struggle, she pushed him off her and ran out of the dressing room, in an incident that lasted about three minutes, she says in the book.

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And while the burden of proof certainly shouldn't have to be on Carroll by any means, she does make mention of the remote possibility that a camera could have caught the act, the multiple journalists she discussed the matter with after the fact, and a stained dress, still unlaundered from the incident that hangs in her closet. Recognizing her, Trump asked if she could help him pick out lingerie for another woman. Carroll suggested a purse or a hat, but Trump steered the two to the lingerie section.

What does E. Jean Carroll allege?

"The moment the dressing-room door is closed", she said, "he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips".

The attack, she says, occurred in late 1995 or early 1996, when Trump was married to Marla Maples.

The two then went to the dressing room, where Carroll says she thought she could get Trump to try the bodysuit on over his trousers. One tried to get her to go to the police. She describes him as being "like an octopus".

The New York story notes that Moonves issued a statement in which he "emphatically denies" the incident. Go to the police! He wants her advice on what to buy, and, charmed, she agrees. When the tape became public weeks before the November 2016 general election, Trump said he never acted in any of the ways described on the tape, and described it as just "locker-room talk". Trump said he would kiss women and grab their genitals without consent because he was "attracted" to them like a "magnet".

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