Another woman has come forward to say that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her before he became president of the United States. E. Jean Carroll's story broke today, Friday, June 21, 2019. She accuses Trump of sexually assaulting her in the mid-1990s.
Carroll is a writer and advice columnist, and says she told two friends about the assault at the time. Her friends have reportedly confirmed this to New York Magazine.
To everyone who wonders why it took so long?
In the first-person account NY Mag cover story, E. Jean Carroll says Donald Trump sexually assaulted her inside a dressing room of Manhattan department store Bergdorf Goodman, two decades ago.
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. 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.
The White House denies it in a statement to New York magazine:
"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."
According to Carroll, "in fall of 1995 or the spring of 1996," she met Donald Trump inside Bergdorf Goodman, an upscale Manhattan department store. She says the encounter was initially friendly. The then-real-estate mogul recognized her as "that advice lady" and told her he was buying a gift for "a girl" and needed help, Carroll says.
While they were in the lingerie section, Carroll says Trump suggested a lace bodysuit, and encouraged her to try it on.
"You try it on," Carroll says she replied. "It's your color."
"Try it on, come on," he allegedly responded before "throwing" the undergarment at her.
The friendly encounter turned violent once the pair reached the dressing rooms, Carroll alleges. That's where she says he shoved her against a wall, pulled down her tights, and "forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway—or completely, I'm not certain—inside me," she writes.
"It turns into a colossal struggle. I am wearing a pair of sturdy black patent-leather four-inch Barneys high heels, which puts my height around six-one, and I try to stomp his foot," Carroll writes. "I try to push him off with my one free hand—for some reason, I keep holding my purse with the other—and I finally get a knee up high enough to push him out and off and I turn, open the door, and run out of the dressing room."
After the "three-minute incident," Carroll says she immediately told two journalist friends. One friend encouraged her to file a police report, and the other told her to just forget it, she says.
"Tell no one. Forget it! He has 200 lawyers. He'll bury you," the friend allegedly said.
She's talking about Donald Trump.
A thing I just did: updated a list of women who have said that the president of the United States sexually assaulted them. ?https://t.co/XrZ25mboyC
— Marina Fang (@marinafang) June 21, 2019
E. Jean Carroll is at least the 16th woman to accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault. https://t.co/FXfDzGxX5o
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) June 21, 2019
Hallmark of our times that this story is probably not going to cause even a ripple. https://t.co/bWtAG7BSeM
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) June 21, 2019
Also for anyone suggesting this isn't the Trump thing we should focus on today: we are not children. We can talk about two things at once. The President is a rapist and a warmonger and should be held accountable for both.
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) June 21, 2019