pAn author with a book that is about to his store shelves has accused President Donald Trump of raping her in a store dressing room.
The accusation coincidentally comes as the book is set for sale and the author, E. Jean Carroll, does not remember the year it allegedly happened.
She also does not remember if cameras caught it, said if they did it would not look like rape, and that he would not be seen unzipping his pants, The New Yorker reported in an excerpt.
Early one evening, as I am about to go out Bergdorf’s revolving door on 58th Street, and one of New York’s most famous men comes in the revolving door, or it could have been a regular door at that time, I can’t recall, and he says: “Hey, you’re that advice lady!”
And I say to No. 20 on the Most Hideous Men of My Life List: “Hey, you’re that real-estate tycoon!”
I am surprised at how good-looking he is. We’ve met once before, and perhaps it is the dusky light but he looks prettier than ever. This has to be in the fall of 1995 or the spring of 1996 because he’s garbed in a faultless topcoat and I’m wearing my black wool Donna Karan coatdress and high heels but not a coat.
“Come advise me,” says the man. “I gotta buy a present.” … “Oh!” I say, charmed. “For whom?” … “A girl,” he says …“Don’t the assistants of your secretaries buy things like that?” I say.
“Not this one,” he says. Or perhaps he says, “Not this time.” I can’t recall. He is a big talker, and from the instant we collide, he yammers about himself like he’s Alexander the Great ready to loot Babylon…
I don’t remember what he says, but he comes striding along — greeting a Bergdorf sales attendant like he owns the joint and permitting a shopper to gape in awe at him — and goes right for a fur number.
Is this accusation ridiculous?
She said that he asked her to “try it on” and when she did not want to, she said, he pressured her to do it and followed her into the dressing room.
This is gonna be hilarious, I’m saying to myself — and as I write this, I am staggered by my stupidity. As we head to the dressing rooms, I’m laughing aloud and saying in my mind: I’m gonna make him put this thing on over his pants!
She said that she never reported it to the police, that there were no witnesses and that there are no security footage from that time that exists.
“I’ve never met this person in my life,” President Trump said in a statement to Bloomberg reporter Laura Litvanafter the allegations came to light.
“She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section,” the president said.
“No pictures? No surveillance? No video? No reports? No sales attendants around?” he said in the statement.
“I would like to thank Bergdorf Goodman for confirming they have no video footage of any such incident, because it never happened,” he said.