AceShowbiz - Donald Trump has denied a sexual assault allegation leveled against him by writer E. Jean Carroll. The U.S. President claims he never even met the Elle columnist, who claims she was raped by the real estate tycoon in late 1995/early 1996, though a picture showed them together along with Trump's second wife Ivana Trump and Carroll's then-husband John Johnson in 1987, years before the alleged incident took place.
Releasing a lengthy statement, Trump says, "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." He adds, "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."
Believing that there's "zero evidence" to support Carroll's claim, Trump states, "I would like to thank Bergdorf Goodman for confirming they have no video footage of any such incident, because it never happened." He continues, "False accusations diminish the severity of real assault. All should condemn false accusations and any actual assault in the strongest possible terms."
The 45th POTUS additionally suggests that the Democratic Party is behind the allegation. He asks people, "If anyone has information that the Democratic Party is working with Ms. Carroll or New York Magazine, please notify us as soon as possible. The world should know what's really going on. It is a disgrace and people should pay dearly for such false accusations."
New York magazine earlier published an excerpt of Carroll's upcoming book "What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal", in which she details her history with "hideous men." She claims that Trump attacked her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room more than two decades ago.
She writes, "Early one evening, as I am about to go out Bergdorf's revolving door on 58th Street, and one of New York's most famous men comes in the revolving door...and he says: 'Hey, you're that advice lady!' And I say to No. 20 on the Most Hideous Men of My Life List: 'Hey, you're that real-estate tycoon!' "
Carroll goes on recalling that Trump asked her to pick out lingerie as a present for "a girl." After he suggested that Carroll put on a see-through bodysuit, she joked that they should both try it on. "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," she details.
She goes on recounting, "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." She adds that Trump penetrated her before she was able to "get a knee up high enough to push him out and off," running out of the dressing room and the store.
Two of Carroll's friends confirm she told them about the incident at the time. While one friend told her, "He raped you," and urged her to report it to the police, the other friend warned her, "Tell no one. Forget it! He has 200 lawyers. He'll bury you."
Carroll also writes in her book that she was a victim of Les Moonves's alleged sexual assault. The incident allegedly took place around February of 1997 after they had an interview at the Hotel Nikko in Beverly Hills. Following the interview, she said he followed her into the elevator.
She says he then, "pants bursting with demands," moved on her "like an octopus," "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."
Moonves has also refuted her story, telling New York Magazine he "emphatically denies" the incident occurred.