Donald Trump Mocks the Idea of Sexually Assaulting a ’60 Year Old Woman’
Donald Trump is facing the courts in New York again as he is grappling with a rape defamation lawsuit by writer E Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of raping her in a NYC store in 1996.
This week, Donald Trump is facing the courts again as part of a civil lawsuit brought against him by E Jean Carroll.
Carroll is suing the former POTUS for battery in a rape she says occurred in the dressing room of a Bergdorf Goodman in 1996 – and the defamation she says he engaged in while denying the assault years later.
Trump has always denied assaulting Carroll, and he took to Truth Social this week to call into question the concept that he would rape her at all – calling her “a then 60 year old woman.”
What’s the Deal With this Trial?
People who have not been keeping track may be confused – why is Trump going to court over a nearly-30-year-old alleged assault?
First, let’s take a look at what we know.
The incident in question happened in a Manhattan Bergdorf Goodman in 1996.
NBC News reports, “Carroll, a magazine writer and columnist, alleges the attack took place in a Bergdorf Goodman department store on Fifth Avenue in New York City, when the ‘playful banter’ she’d been engaged with Trump, then a businessman, took a ‘dark turn.’ She alleges in her lawsuit that Trump ‘seized’ her, ‘forced her up against a dressing room wall, pinned her in place with his shoulder, and raped her.’
Crowley told the jury that the pair had met before and that Trump asked her for help picking out some lingerie after he bumped into her at the entrance of the store. They had ‘moved through the store laughing and joking’ before ‘everything changed,’ she said.
‘The truth is she didn’t see him as a threat that day, but she was wrong,’ Crowley said.”
We know that Trump has denied the assault taking place.
But there are a few noteworthy things to understand going into the first day of the trial.
First, there are multiple women who are expected to testify that they were also sexually assaulted by Trump in a similar manner.
The second thing to know is that after the alleged assault, Caroll called two friends over the course of several days. The first told her to report the assault to police – but the second told her that she was playing with fire because Trump was at the height of his power in New York at the time. That friend recommended she tell no one.
It was the latter advice that she took, until after the #MeToo movement. Carroll wrote about the alleged assault in a book she published in 2019.
Another thing to know about why the trial is happening in the first place: when Carroll published the book, she says Trump defamed her in the process of denying the assault. Otherwise, she may never have brought the case to court at all. Trump has accused lawyer and known anti-Trumper George Conway of influencing Carroll to bring the case to court, saying it’s a political hit job.
The only reason Carroll can sue on a nearly 30-year-old incident is because of a new law, known as the Adult Survivors Act, which created a one-year suspension of statutes of limitations for rape and other civil claims arising from allegations of sexual misconduct.
The law now allows sexual assault survivors to sue their attackers regardless of when the alleged assault may have occurred.
Donald Trump Scoffs at Idea of Raping E Jean Carroll
Donald Trump’s rape trial begins on Tuesday
His defense is that E Jean Carroll pictured on the left is not his type. (apparently he only rapes a certain type!)
Marla Maples, the defendants second wife is pictured on the right.
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In the past, Trump has written on Truth that he would never assault a woman like her, because she’s not his “type.”
Which, of course, is a terrible defense against sexual assault.
He wrote in a statement, “Carroll is not telling the truth, is a woman who I had nothing to do with, didn’t know, and would have no interest in knowing her if I ever had the chance, And, while I am not supposed to say it, I will. This woman is not my type!”
And during deposition, Trump called Carroll a “whack job,” saying, “Physically, she’s not my type, and now that I’ve gotten indirectly to hear things about her, she wouldn’t be my type in any way, shape or form.”
Today, Trump wrote, “The E. Jean Carroll case, Ms. Bergdorf Goodman, is a made up SCAM. Her lawyer is a political operative, financed by a big political donor that they said didn’t exist, only to get caught lying about that. Just look at her CNN interview before & after the commercial break – Like a different person. She said there was a dress, using the ol’ Monica Lewinsky ‘stuff’, then she didn’t want to produce it. The dress should be allowed to be part of the case. This is a fraudulent & false story–Witch Hunt!”
He added, “They got caught lying! The Miss Bergdorf Goodman case is financed by a big political donor that they tried to hide. Does anybody believe that I would take a then almost 60 year old woman that I didn’t know, from the front door of a very crowded department store, (with me being very well known, to put it mildly!), into a tiny dressing room, and …. her. She didn’t scream? There are no witnesses? Nobody saw this? She never made a police complaint? If I was seen there with a woman-BIG PRESS. SCAM!”
Of course, at the time, Carroll would have been around 52, not 60. But again, saying that you wouldn’t assault someone because they’re not your type is not the defense Trump might seem to think it is.
And there’s more to the story, of course.
Trump says he’s “never met” Carroll. Carroll has provided photographic evidence that she met him at a party back in the 1980’s. And it goes beyond even that.
Trump mistook the photo of Carroll for a photo of his ex-wife, Marla Maples.
During deposition, Trump was shown a black and white photo from an NBC event in 1987. He is visible in the photo from the back, and the former POTUS identified other people in the photo.
The image shows Trump appearing to talk with Carroll and her then-husband, TV anchorman John Johnson. The former President’s late wife, Ivana Trump, is between Trump and Johnson.
“I guess that’s her husband, John Johnson, who was an anchor for NBC. Nice guy, I thought. I mean, I don’t know him, but I thought he was pretty good at what he did. I don’t even know the woman. I don’t know who – it’s Marla,” he told the court.
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But it wasn’t Marla, it was Carroll.
The New York Post reports, “When Kaplan asks Trump which woman he is pointing to, a lawyer for the former commander-in-chief corrects him, saying, ‘No, that’s Carroll.’
‘Oh, I see,’ said Trump after he was corrected.
And Kaplan notes, ‘The person you just pointed to was E. Jean Carroll,’ highlighting Trump’s blunder.”
Jury selection was yesterday, and the trial begins in earnest today.
Carroll, her two friends, two other alleged sexual assault victims and more will testify.
The burden of proof in a civil case like this for simple battery and defamation is far lower than what it would be to prove he raped her – and the cards seem stacked against Trump.