Yet another woman has come forward with allegations that President Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in years gone by, according to New York Magazine.
Writer E. Jean Carroll described an incident more than 20 years ago in which “the then–real-estate mogul allegedly assaulted her in a dressing room of the Bergdorf Goodman department store in midtown Manhattan.”
Carroll, well known as an Elle advice columnist, joins more than a dozen women who claim that Trump sexually assaulted them over the past few decades, all of whom the president has accused of lying.
New York’s cover story is an excerpt from Carroll’s latest book, What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal, which details six times the author says she was attacked by men throughout her career — including an incident involving former CEO of CBS, Les Moonves.
Carroll describes a violent encounter with the then-real estate mogul, as Trump’s seemingly innocent request for her assistance in choosing a gift for “a girl” turns to sexual assault.
After making their way to the lingerie section of Bergdorf Goodman, Trump picked out a lace bodysuit and suggested she try it on, Carroll said. She countered that perhaps he should try it on himself.
Then the violence began, Carroll said.
“In Carroll’s account, Trump shoves her against a wall inside a dressing room, pulls down her tights, and, ‘forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me.’”
Carroll’s allegations make her the 16th woman (other sources allege a higher number) to accuse the president of sexual assault.
A senior White House official answered the allegation saying, “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.”
Carroll said she told two friends of the attack at the time it occurred, and New York was able to verify her account.
Why did she wait so long to come forward publicly?
“Receiving death threats, being driven from my home, being dismissed, being dragged through the mud,” Carroll wrote. “And joining the 15 women who’ve come forward with credible stories about how the man grabbed, badgered, belittled, mauled, molested, and assaulted them, only to see the man turn it around, deny, threaten, and attack them, never sounded like much fun.”