US President Donald Trump on Friday denied an accusation by E. Jean Carroll, an advice columnist for Elle fashion magazine, that he raped her in a department store in the 1990s. Carroll says the incident happened in the dressing room of the swanky Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan.
In her upcoming book, "What Do We Need Men For? 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 writes.
Mr Trump allegedly called the popular columnist "that advice lady" and asked her to help him pick out lingerie. The individuals Carroll describes as the "hideous men" in her life also include former CBS CEO Les Moonves, whom she interviewed for a 1997 Esquire story and who she says groped her repeatedly in an elevator, a claim Moonves denied to NY magazine.
New York Magazine corroborated Carroll's claim that she disclosed the alleged assault to two of her friends.
But in a statement today, Trump referred to it as "the story", and said he had never met her.
Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct before and was heard boasting of sexual assault in the "Access Hollywood" tape.
According to a book excerpt, Carroll bumped into Trump at Bergdorf Goodman in NY.
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She said that Mr Trump knew she was a TV agony aunt and the two joked around, encouraging each other to try on some lingerie. At some point, don't those people have to admit that they don't think the women are lying, they just don't care?
She described Trump then "forcing his fingers around my private area" and penetrating her with his penis.
In March, a NY state appeals court ruled that Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Mr Trump's reality TV show The Apprentice who accused him of unwanted kissing and groping, can move forward with her defamation lawsuit against him. According to Carroll's account, the two began chatting and Trump told her he was looking to buy a gift for "a girl" and asked Carroll for advice on what to get.
But she says the other advised her against telling anyone saying: "Forget it!"
Carroll said in her article that she had not gone to police with a complaint right after the alleged incident and that there was no visual or other lasting evidence of the events to corroborate her claims. One encouraged her to go to the police, but another warned Trump would "bury" her with the aid of his lawyers. She says she pushes Trump off of her but keeps laughing so she doesn't seem uptight or she doesn't want to upset him or whatever her exact thought may be. Trump was married to Marla Maples at the time.
The incident took place in late 1995 or early 1996, Ms Carroll said.
She accuses other powerful men of sexual harassment, including former CBS CEO Les Moonves, as well as her encounters and troubled history with mafia bosses, media titans, boyfriends and husbands and a serial killer. One - whom she describes as "a journalist, magazine writer, correspondent on the TV morning shows, author of many books, etc". The White House denied the claim in a comment to NY magazine. "They're young women, they, you know, try to come here - as you know, they are there by the thousands".
She notes that the Donna Karan coatdress she wore that day still hangs on the back of her closet door, unworn and unlaundered.