US columnist sued US president Trump for calling her a liar.American Journalist says Trump raped her in a dressing room of a New York city department store.
An advice columnist who has accused President Trump of raping her in a New York City department store dressing room in the 1990s has sued him, saying he defamed her by calling her a liar whom he had never even met.
E Jean Carroll’s lawsuit, filed Monday in New York, said Trump “smeared her integrity, honesty and dignity all in the national press” when he responded to her allegations, first broached in a New York magazine article this past June.
A message requesting comment was sent to a law firm that has represented Trump in other cases.
Carroll, a longtime advice columnist for Elle magazine, is among over a dozen women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct or sexual assault, or both, predating his presidency.
She is not the only one to sue over his denials. One such case, filed by Summer Zervos, a onetime contestant on his former reality show, The Apprentice, is ongoing in the same Manhattan courthouse where Carroll has filed her claim.
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Carroll said she bumped into the then-real estate developer in the high-end store Bergdorf Goodman in 1995 or 1996, and he asked her to help him pick out a gift for “a girl” and eventually suggested lingerie. He suggested Carroll try on a see-through bodysuit, she said, and after a joking exchange, they went into a dressing room.
She said Trump then pushed her against a wall, pulled down her tights and raped her as she struggled, eventually broke free and fled.
Carroll said there were no attendants in the dressing room area. She did not file a police report but said she did tell two journalist friends. Both have corroborated that they were told.
Trump said in June that Carroll was “totally lying”, termed the accusation “fake news” and called her “not my type”.