Columnist E. Jean Carroll claims Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a department store; White House calls claim 'unrealistic'
Popular advice columnist E. Jean Carroll has come out in public to claim President Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the mid-90s, according to reports. Carroll, while talking to New York Magazine, said the real estate tycoon approached her in the department store Bergdorf Goodman and began a friendly conversation. Trump allegedly called the famed columnist "that advice lady" and asked her if she needed help from him to pick out lingerie.
The pair eventually went into a dressing room together, where, according to Carroll, Trump shoved her against a wall and pulled down her tights. She also claimed Trump was "forcing his fingers around private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me.”
Reports stated Carroll, after decades, posed in the same outfit for the cover of this week's New York Magazine, next to the headline: "This is what I was wearing 23 years ago when Donald Trump attacked me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room.”
Carroll said the incident occurred in the late 1995 or early 1996 when Trump was married to Marla Maples. A senior White House official, however, slammed Carroll's claims, and released a statement, saying: "This is a completely false and unrealistic story surfacing 25 years after allegedly taking place and was created simply to make the President look bad.”
Multiple women, during Trump's campaign in 2016, and even after he became president, have come out to lay sexual assault allegations against the Republican. The president, however, has denied the allegations by nearly 20 women and even went to the length of mocking some of his accusers and suggested they were too unattractive to be sexually assaulted.
The president was also recorded engaging in an "extremely lewd conversation about women" in 2005 with host Billy Bush on 'Access Hollywood', where he bragged about sexually assaulting women. The clip was released by The Washington Post before the 2016 presidential elections.
None of Trump's accusers have retracted their statements or issued clarifications on the sexual harassment allegations laid against him.