#MeToo: Trump sued for defamation by accuser of rape
"The lawsuit is frivolous and the story is a fraud - just like the author," White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. "The story she used to try and sell her trash book never happened, period."
In the wake of the #MeToo conversation related to Trump, one name stood out, for how starkly personal and brave it told an account of rape, by the leader of the free world.
When E. Jean Carrol - who is now 75 years old - wrote about how more than two decades ago, Donald Trump allegedly cornered and raped her in a dressing room, our hearts ached in unision, all over the world. The excerpt of her account started with this - “Hideous Men: Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago. But he’s not alone on the list of awful men in my life.”
Carrol is known as an advice columnist in Elle magazine, where she has been spearheading the “Ask E. Jean” column for 26 years.
She wrote a memoir in July, which included a tell-all expose about an instance of sexual assault Donald Trump allegedly perpetrated upon her in a department store dressing room. Her account of the incident, which she claims happened more than 23 years ago, was detailed in an excerpt from her book, published in New York Magazine.
At the time, in response to her claim, Trump made a statement that she was “totally lying”. The President of the United States of America went on to say that he had never met her, and that he did not rape her. "I'll say it with great respect: Number one, she's not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?" he told The Hill newspaper in Washington.
Now, Carrol has filed a complaint before a New York state court, saying Trump has lied about attacking her, and "smeared her integrity, honesty, and dignity" by concocting a "swarm of related lies" to explain why she would make the incident up. She is suing the President over his statements, and his criticism of her for stepping forward.
“I am filing this on behalf of every woman who has ever been harassed, assaulted, silenced, or spoken up only to be shamed, fired, ridiculed and belittled. No person in this country should be above the law – including the president.”https://t.co/CqGBaSrzaf @bethreinhard— E. Jean Carroll (@ejeancarroll) November 4, 2019
Responses to her lawsuit have been stark. "The lawsuit is frivolous and the story is a fraud - just like the author," White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. "The story she used to try and sell her trash book never happened, period."
In a statement provided by her lawyers, Carroll said "No person in this country should be above the law -including the President”.
This is not the first time Trump has defended himself from accusations of sexual assault. More than 12 women have come forward with claims of unwanted sexual advances towards them in the past.
This also happens to be the second defamation lawsuit against him by a woman who has accused him of sexual assault. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, claimed her kissed her against her will in 2007, and then went on grope her. When she made her claim public, Trump responded by calling it a hoax. Zervos responded to this by filing suit.