An American columnist has alleged that US President Donald Trump raped her inside a dressing room of a department store nearly two decades ago. Trump has called this a fake news denying all allegations of sexual assaults by E. Jean Carroll.
Carroll’s story alleging rape by Trump appeared in New York Times newspaper on Friday.
Accusing Carroll of peddling ‘fake news,’ Trump said, “I’ve never met this person in my life. She is trying to sell a new book—that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section.”
“Shame on those who make up false stories of assault to try to get publicity for themselves, or sell a book, or carry out a political agenda.. It’s just as bad for people to believe it, particularly when there is zero evidence,” BBC quoted a statement from Trump.
Writing in New York Times, Carroll recounted, “My first rich boy pulled down my underpants. My last rich boy pulled down my tights. My first rich boy — I had fixed my eyes on his face long enough to know — was beautiful, with dark gray eyes and long golden-brown hair across his forehead. I don’t know what he grew up to be. My last rich boy was blond. He grew up to be the president of the United States.”
Carroll has now become at least the 16th woman to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. The incidents, which date from the 1990s, are highly specific and related with dark humor.
Speaking to Washington Post, Carroll repeated her allegations against Trump saying that during a chance encounter with the then-real estate developer at Bergdorf Goodman in late 1995 or early 1996, Trump attacked her in a dressing room. She said he knocked her head against a wall, pulled down her tights and briefly penetrated her before she pushed him off and ran out.
She said that Trump recognised her as that ‘advice lady’ and she had recognised him as that ‘business tycoon.’