Donald Trump issues denial after facing new sexual assault allegation

Sunday, 23 Jun, 2019

E Jean Carroll, whose advice column has appeared in Elle for the past 26 years, alleges she was sexually assaulted by Trump in her new book What Do We Need Men For? She alleged the Trump incident occurred at the department store Bergdorf Goodman in either the fall of 1995 or the spring of 1996.

Carroll said she went with Trump to the dressing room, which was unlocked - something she said was odd because the store usually kept the doors locked - and once inside Trump shut the door behind them and threw her up against the wall and kissed her.

"I finally get a knee up high enough to push him out and off and I turn, open the door, and run out of the dressing room".

She said she didn't report it to police, that the department store has no security footage from that time and that she didn't come forward earlier because of the death threats and harassment faced by other women who've alleged Trump attacked them.

The level of detail, and the fact that two friends she told about the encounter at the time confirm her memories of their conversations, make Carroll's recollection horribly credible.

But in a statement today, Trump referred to it as "the story", and said he had never met her.

In the buildup before the 2016 presidential election, more than a dozen women accused Trump of sexual misconduct, allegations the USA president denied. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice has claimed that Trump kissed her "aggressively" without her consent and touched her breast while "thrusting his genitals" toward her. Carroll makes the claim in a new memoir, which the White House calls "completely false and unrealistic". "All should condemn false accusations and any actual assault in the strongest possible terms". This brings President Trump's sexual misconduct allegations to a total of 24, according to Business Insider.

"This is not political", Carroll said of her decision to talk publicly about Trump.

The moment the dressing room door closed, Carroll claims Trump lunged at her, pushing her against the wall and putting his mouth against her lips. I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again.

Trump had greeted her as: "Hey, you're that advice lady!" to which she replied: "Hey, you're that real-estate tycoon!" He wants her advice on what to buy, and, charmed, she agrees.

Carroll said she didn't come forward in 2016 because other women did, adding that she "didn't have the guts".

Like numerous women who told her they had been sexually assaulted, Carroll said she blamed herself for the incident.

But the moment I read this line in her story, I thought that Carroll had it wrong. Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves made an advance on her in an elevator in the 1990s after she interviewed him for a story.

Harvey Weinstein was one of the few people in the entertainment industry who consistently helped create great roles for women.

"I am astonished by what I'm about to write: I keep laughing", she continues. She said that she responded by urging him to put it on.

She also knows that by speaking out now, "I run the risk of making him more popular by revealing what he did", which is so incredibly depressing precisely because of how true it is.