Trump denies rape accusation from E. Jean Carroll

The president said that he has "no idea" who the woman accusing him of sexual assault is and denied her claims

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published June 23, 2019 4:15PM (EDT)

 (Getty/Mandel Ngan)
(Getty/Mandel Ngan)

President Donald Trump denied the most recent sexual assault accusation against him, even saying that "I don't know anything about her" regarding his accuser.

The president told a reporter to "give me a break" after he was shown a photograph from the late 1980s of himself interacting with his accuser, journalist E. Jean Carroll, according to The New York Times. He elaborated that Carroll's account is "a total false accusation. I don’t know anything about her. She’s made this charge against others, and you know, people have to be careful, because they are playing with very dangerous territory."

Trump's reference to "others" may have been about Les Moonves, the former CBS CEO who left the company is disgrace after a number of sexual misconduct accusations were made against him.

The president specifically mentioned Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose Supreme Court confirmation was riddled with controversy due to the high-profile sexual misconduct accusation made by Christine Blasey Ford.

"When you look at what happened to Justice Kavanaugh, and you look at what’s happening to others, you can’t do that for the sake of publicity," Trump said. He later added that "it's a totally false accusation. I have absolutely no idea who she is. There’s some picture where we’re shaking hands. It looks like at some kind of event. I have my coat on. I have my wife standing next to me."

E. Jean Carroll's accusation came to public light after New York magazine published an excerpt of her upcoming book, "What Do We Need Men For?"

The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips. I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again. He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights...

The next moment, still wearing correct business attire, shirt, tie, suit jacket, overcoat, he opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me,” Carroll wrote. “It turns into a colossal struggle. I am wearing a pair of sturdy black patent-leather four-inch Barneys high heels, which puts my height around six-one, and I try to stomp his foot. I try to push him off with my one free hand — for some reason, I keep holding my purse with the other — and 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.

In her excerpt, Carroll referenced "at least 15 credible women" who have also accused Trump of sexual misconduct, including "Jessica Leeds, Kristin Anderson, Jill Harth, Cathy Heller, Temple Taggart McDowell, Karena Virginia, Melinda McGillivray, Rachel Crooks, Natasha Stoynoff, Jessica Drake, Ninni Laaksonen, Summer Zervos, Juliet Huddy, Alva Johnson, and Cassandra Searles."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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