Donald Trump denies columnist E Jean Carroll’s sexual assault allegations, saying she’s not his “type.”
Carroll is a longtime columnist who told her story about how she was allegedly raped 23 years ago by Trump. However, Trump claims it couldn’t have happened because Carroll isn’t his “type.” “I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened,” Trump told The Hill in an interview at the White House.
In the article, Carroll described the alleged sexual encounter as a “colossal struggle.” The now 76-year-old woman said the incident took place in a dressing room at a Bergdorf Goodman in 1995 or 1996. Carroll said she was merely helping Trump pick out lingerie for his lady friend when he pushed her into the dressing room wall and forcefully inserted himself into her. Eventually, she explained, she was able to push him off and get away.
However, Trump told The Hill that Carroll is “totally lying” about the accusation, which he also denied. “I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her,” he said. “She is — it’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that.” The horrific anecdote is included in Carroll’s upcoming book “hideous men,” a book that describes the horrible men she’s encountered in her life. On Monday, when discussing the allegation and Trump’s response, Carroll told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that she’s glad Trump doesn’t consider her his type. “I love that,” she said. “I’m so glad I am not his type,”
Carroll said there were witnesses at the time of the alleged assault and added that she decided not to come forward for fear that she would be met with criticism. “I wanted to forget it,” she said. “I thought A, my fault. B. I was stupid. C, I didn’t think of it … as rape. I thought of it as a violent incident. I thought of it as a fight.”