Writer E Jean Carroll sues Trump for defamation after he denied raping her, reveals she has dress with possible DNA evidence
President Donald Trump is reportedly being sued by writer E Jean Carroll for defamation, nearly five months after he denied sexually assaulting her. The author and advice columnist has alleged that Trump raped her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York City in the 1990s.
Carroll's attorney, Roberta Kaplan, filed the court papers in Manhattan on Monday, which stated: "When Carroll’s account was published, Trump lashed out with a series of false and defamatory statements. He denied the rape. But there was more: he also denied ever having met Carroll or even knowing who she was."
"Through express statements and deliberate implications, he accused Carroll of lying about the rape in order to increase book sales, carry out a political agenda, advance a conspiracy with the Democratic Party, and make money," the papers noted, according to the Daily Mail. "He also deliberately implied that she had falsely accused other men of rape. For good measure, he insulted her physical appearance."
The author, in her lawsuit, stated that in the months President Trump defamed her, she received "roughly 50% fewer letters than she received during the same period in 2018" for her advice column.
Carroll took to Twitter on Monday to release a statement, saying she was filing the lawsuit against Trump on behalf of every woman harassed by him.
"I am filing this on behalf of every woman who has ever been harassed, assaulted, silenced, or spoken up only to be shamed, fired, ridiculed and belittled. No person in this country should be above the law – including the president," She tweeted.
Carroll, in her new book, 'What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal', has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Trump. She also recently appeared on New York magazine cover wearing the same coat dress she claims she was wearing on that day in the Fall of 1995 or Spring of 1996 when a chance encounter with Trump allegedly turned into a sexual assault. The dress reportedly remains unlaundered to this day with possible DNA evidence. Carroll, in her book, alleged that Trump shoved her against a wall, unzipped his pants and forcibly penetrated her in an attack she claims lasted three minutes.
Shortly after the author's allegations, Trump released a statement, saying: "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." Carroll, however, has provided photo evidence showing her in the same picture with Trump and his former wife Ivana.