A prominent US magazine columnist who states Donald Trump mistreated her over two years ago resisted the president defamation on Monday after he ridiculed her as”not my kind.”
E. Jean Carroll, 75, filed the lawsuit in a New York courtroom, asserting Trump’s denials of the alleged sexual attack had ruined her reputation and livelihood.
“When I had the guts to speak out about the assault, he defamed my personality, accused me of lying for personal gain, actually insulted my physical appearance,” she said in a statement.
Carroll alleged earlier this season which Trump raped her in a dressing room in the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s after a chance encounter.
She stated the alleged sexual assault happened after Trump, a renowned property developer, asked her for advice on purchasing lingerie for an undercover lady.
The president denied understanding Carroll and accused her of”completely lying” if the claims have been put to him in an interview with The Hill, a political information outlet, in June.
“I will say it with fantastic esteem: Number one, she is not my kind. Number 2, it never occurred. Trump said.
Carroll, who writes a long-running column in Elle magazine, became the 16th girl to possess accused Trump of sexual misconduct until he became president.
Carroll’s accounts were initially shown in an excerpt from her new memoir which was released by New York magazine.
She stated she went to the authorities at the time since she had been fearful of repercussions.
“He cried her ethics, honesty, and dignity — in the national media,” it reads.
Carroll said she felt compelled to speak up from the #MeToo motion in 2017 which observed heaps of girl make sexual assault allegations against famous and powerful men.
“I’m submitting this on behalf of each girl who has been harassed, attacked, silenced, or spoken only to be shamed, fired, ridiculed and belittled,” she tweeted Monday.
“No individual in this country ought to be above the law including the president,” Carroll added.
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham explained the journalist’s allegations as”false” and also called the suit”frivolous.”