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Trump denies advice columnist’s allegation of assault
President Donald Trump issued a scathing denial Friday against a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her over 20 years ago, noting that Bergdorf Goodman, where the incident allegedly took place, has said it does not have any video footage of “any such incident” and that no sales attendants witnessed the alleged encounter.
“Regarding the ‘story’ by E. Jean Carroll, claiming she once encountered me at Bergdorf Goodman 23 years ago: I’ve never met this person in my life,” the president said in a statement on Friday. “She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section.”
Dressing room nightmare
In an excerpt from her upcoming book, “What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal,” published Friday in New York magazine, advice columnist E. Jean Carroll alleged that Trump raped her “in the fall of 1995 or the spring of 1996” inside a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in Manhattan.
Carroll alleged that Trump lured her into the lingerie section of the department store under the pretense of needing advice on picking out a gift for a friend. Carroll’s book is due to be released on July 2.
In his statement, Trump compared the recent scandalmongering to the uncorroborated accusations leveled at his Supreme Court nominee last year. “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 — like Julie Swetnick who falsely accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh,” Trump said. “It’s just as bad for people to believe it, particularly when there is zero evidence. Worse still for a dying publication to try to prop itself up by peddling fake news — it’s an epidemic,” he insisted.
The president continued: “Ms. Carroll & New York Magazine: No pictures? No surveillance? No video? No reports? No sales attendants around?? I would like to thank Bergdorf Goodman for confirming they have no video footage of any such incident, because it never happened.”
Carroll preemptively addressed some of these dispersions in her account. Surely her interactions with Trump were picked up by security cameras, Carroll surmised, including a dressing room camera that may have recorded the encounter. However, “the speculation is moot,” Carroll wrote, because “the department store has confirmed that it no longer has tapes from that time.”
To explain why she didn’t come forward before, Carroll wrote that she wanted to avoid “receiving death threats, being driven from my home, being dismissed, being dragged through the mud, and joining the 15 women who’ve come forward” to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct.
Swindlers and stranglers
Carroll wrote of creating a “list of the 21 most revolting scoundrels” she has ever met — men she describes as “foul harassers, molesters, traducers, swindlers, stranglers, and no-goods.”
Administering her “Ask E. Jean” column in Elle for the past 26 years, Carroll concluded that men are the common problem in the lives of her female fans. “[T]here comes a line in almost every letter when the cause of the correspondent’s quagmire is revealed. And that cause is men,” she wrote.
Yet, the president said that Carroll is the one who is hurting women here. “False accusations diminish the severity of real assault,” he argued. “All should condemn false accusations and any actual assault in the strongest possible terms.”
Trump concluded his Friday statement by suggesting there was a political connection to the accusations. “If anyone has information that the Democratic Party is working with Ms. Carroll or New York Magazine, please notify us as soon as possible,” he pleaded. “The world should know what’s really going on. It is a disgrace and people should pay dearly for such false accusations.”
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