E. Jean Carroll, a legendary advice columnist has come forward to accuse Donald Trump of raping her 23 years ago. Carroll says the rape took place in a dressing room of the New York department store Bergdorf Goodman.
Carroll shares painful and intimate details about the alleged incident in her soon to be released book, “What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal.”
Carroll joins more than a dozen women who have accused Trump of sexual assault. The White House has responded to Carroll’s allegations calling them “a completely false and unrealistic story surfacing 25 years after allegedly taking place,” adding that “it was created simply to make the President look bad.”
On Friday evening Trump released his own statement in which he completely denies ever even meeting Carroll, despite the fact that the Cut published an image of Trump speaking to Carroll at a party. Trump claims that Carroll is making the story up to promote her new book and to carry out a “political agenda.”
“That should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section,” Trump said. “Shame on those who make up false stories of assault to try to get publicity…like Julie Swetnick who falsely accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh. It’s just as bad for people to believe it, particularly when there is zero evidence. Worse still for a dying publication to try to prop itself up by peddling fake news—it’s an epidemic.”
Trump then went on to say that the woman who make false accusations “diminish the severity of real assault” and insinuated without evidence that the Democratic Party might be working with Carroll to help tarnish his reputation. “The world should know what’s really going on. It is a disgrace and people should pay dearly for such false accusations.”
Carroll says that she did not come forward with her allegations until now because she feared “receiving death threats, being driven from my home, being dismissed, being dragged through the mud, and joining the 15 women who’ve come forward with credible stories about how the man grabbed, badgered, belittled, mauled, molested, and assaulted them, only to see the man turn it around, deny, threaten, and attack them.”
Carroll, 75, now works as a columnist for Elle. She says the incident took place at a time when she had her own cable TV show Ask E. Jean, on America’s Talking.
In her book, she writes that she ran into Trump in the New York City department store. She says he recognized her and called her “that advice lady. “She says he asked her to help him pick out a gift for an unnamed female. She agreed to help him and they ended up in the lingerie department. She says Trump asked her to try on a see-through bodysuit and she jokingly responded by telling him he should try it on.
She states that he followed her into the dressing room and closed the door. She alleges that he then pushed her against the wall and put his mouth against her lips. She says that she pushed him away and that he pushed her against the wall again and pulled down her tights.
Carroll says that Trump then unzipped his pants and forced his fingers into her private area. She said he then began raping her. She says she struggled with Trump throughout the attack that she says lasted at least three minutes. She said she was finally able to shove him off of her and run out of the dressing room and store.
She did not report the assault to police but says that she did tell two close friends who were both journalists. Carroll says that one of the friends kept telling her she had been raped and that she needed to report it to police.
Carroll says that she never had sex with another person after the assault writing “and whether it’s my age, the fact that I haven’t met anyone fascinating enough over the past couple of decades to feel ‘the sap rising,’ as Tom Wolfe put it, or if it’s the blot of the real-estate tycoon, I can’t say. But I have never had sex with anybody ever again.”