US President Donald Trump on Monday once again vigorously denied allegations by a magazine advice columnist that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990’s in a New York department store dressing room, adding: “She’s not my type.”
E. Jean Carroll alleges that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990’s.
However, the president Trump replied to the accusations in an interview with The Hill, a political news outlet, in his usual arrogant and dismissive manner.
“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” Trump said in the interview, which was conducted in the Oval Office.
The president added that Carroll was “totally lying” when she made her claims.
“I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her,” he said.
Carroll’s account, revealed last week in an excerpt of her new book that was published by New York magazine, makes her at least the 16th woman to have accused Trump of sexual misconduct before he became president.
She said that in a chance encounter at the Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan, Trump — then a real estate developer — asked her for advice on buying lingerie for an unnamed woman.
Then jokingly, they each suggested that the other should try it on.
“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,” wrote Carroll, who works for Elle magazine.
Pinning her against the wall, Carroll says, Trump proceeded to pull down her tights, unzip his pants and penetrate her — all while himself fully dressed — until she finally managed to push him out and run from the dressing room.
Carroll never went to the police because, she said, she was afraid of repercussions.
At this point it’s hard to keep track of the total number of women who have come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual improprieties ranging from unwanted touching to assault
The response from the president, however, is easy to remember because it’s almost always the same: The women are lying. He doesn’t recall ever meeting them. They’re in it for the money and attention. Or, as in this case, they’re not his “type”.
As the allegations mount, these defenses become more difficult to make and are further complicated by the Hollywood recording of Mr Trump boasting about kissing and groping women without their consent.