Both Trump And Epstein Were Accused Of Child Rape In The Same 2016 Lawsuit
In 2016, plaintiff Jane Doe filed a complaint in federal court against Donald Trump and Jeffery Epstein. Jane Doe is a pseudonym, as the lawsuit involves personal information that could lead to retaliation against her.
The case states, “Plaintiff was subject to acts of rape, sexual misconduct, criminal sexual acts, sexual abuse, forcible touching, assault, battery, intentional and reckless infliction of emotional, distress, duress, false imprisonment, and threats of death and/or serious bodily injury by the Defendants that took place at several parties during the summer months of 1994.”
During 1994, Doe was 13 years old, which is below the age of legal consent in New York. Moreover, both Trump and Epstein knew of her age. She was convinced to come to Epstein’s parties as she was promised money and a modeling career for her attendance. Other minors were also at the parties. Trump was in attendance for at least four parties.
Doe alleges that at these four separate parties, Trump “initiated sexual contact” with her. The fourth time, “Trump tied Plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff.” While the assault was happening, “Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop.” Trump responded by “violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he could do whatever he wanted.”
Following the sexual assault, Trump threatened to harm or kill the Plaintiff and her family if she were to reveal that he raped her, per the complaint.
Epstein, on the other hand, allegedly had sexual contact with Doe at two parties, once before Trump raped her and once after. After Doe had been raped by Trump, Epstein raped her anally and vaginally, despite her pleading with him to stop. Epstein also threatened Doe, saying that she and her family would be harmed or killed if she revealed any details of the rape.
Doe suffered emotional, mental, and physical pain from the attacks. As soon as she filed her first complaint in court, she began to receive threatening phone calls.
In response, Trump issued a statement saying: “The allegations are not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention or, perhaps, are simply politically motivated. There is absolutely no merit to these allegations. Period.”
Newsweek reported last year that Ronan Farrow's book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators claims David Pecker, the CEO of American Media Inc. (AMI), which is the former publisher of the National Enquirer, "was in close contact with Trump when the rape allegations were made public in a 2016 lawsuit" and "that then-National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard assured Trump's personal lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, 'that they would track down the woman with the rape allegation and see what they could do about her.'"
An AMI spokesperson said Farrow's claims were untrue; however, Newsweek noted:
In November 2016, just days before the presidential election, Bloom suddenly announced a press conference with Jane Doe had been canceled, saying Doe had become frightened after receiving death threats. Two days later, Doe's lead attorney, Thomas Meager, filed to dismiss the case. Jane Doe has not been heard from since.
Bloom told the publication that Howard "did tell me he thought Jane Doe lacked credibility ... that wasn't the reason she asked her other attorney to drop her case." She added: "After we received numerous death threats and my law firm's website and emails were hacked, she did not want to go forward."
Read the case here.