Published: Sun, June 23, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

'Donald Trump raped me in luxury New York store,' writer claims

'Donald Trump raped me in luxury New York store,' writer claims

President Donald Trump on Friday responded to allegations of sexual assault after magazine advice columnist E. Jean Carroll alleged he had attacked her at a NY luxury department storein the late 1990s.

Carroll has said that the rape happened in a Bergdorf Goodman changing room, in NY, in the mid 1990s.

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Ms Carroll said she told two friends about the alleged incident, one of whom advised her to go to the police.

"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.

Ms Carroll said there were no attendants in the dressing-room area and she did not file a report with the New York Police Department.

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

Carroll joins at least 16 other women who have made sexual assault allegations against the president. 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. While a senior White House official denied these allegations, blaming the story on an attempt "to make the President look bad", the excerpt's prose is reflective of a veteran writer. This brings President Trump's sexual misconduct allegations to a total of 24, according to Business Insider.

"As we head to the dressing rooms, I'm laughing aloud and saying in my mind: I'm gonna make him put this thing on over his trousers!" she writes.

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Once inside, Carroll alleges that Trump pushed her against the wall twice and put his mouth against her lips, pinning her as he removed her tights.

"But it's your size", I say, laughing and trying to slap him back with one of the boxes on the counter.

In the excerpt, Carroll describes an incident in Bergdorf Goodman, when she had a chance encounter with Trump while he was supposedly shopping for a gift for a woman.

"I don't know how many apertures and openings you possess, Reader, but Moonves, with his arms squirming and poking and goosing and scooping and pricking and prodding and jabbing, is looking for fissures I don't even know I own, and - by God!"

Carroll's disclosure now, more than 20 years later, is only one part of a book in which she details other unwanted attacks by several men, including former CBS CEO Les Moonves, who was ousted last year amid sexual harassment allegations. She said he followed her to the elevator at the hotel and assaulted her.

Carroll also acknowledged the fact that it took her 25 years to share her story, listing some of the reasons she was hesitant to come forward. She also did interviews Friday with other news organizations, her publicist said.

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.

"I can keep going", she added.

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