Elle Columnist Accuses Donald Trump of Rape, Says She Still Has the Unwashed Coat She Was Wearing

A writer for Elle magazine has accused President Donald Trump of raping her about 24 years ago, and says she still has the unwashed coat she was wearing when it happened.

E. Jean Carroll, a well-known advice columnist and writer, said the assault took place at Bergdorf Goodman, a high-end department store in New York City, where Trump recognized her while shopping. Trump was married to his second wife, Marla Maples at the time and had a young daughter, Tiffany Trump, with her.

The White House and Carroll did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Newsweek. The White House called the allegations, "completely false and unrealistic" to New York. The story surfaced 25 years after the allegations, they said, and "was created simply to make the President look bad."

According to Carroll, the president recognized her as "that advice lady" and asked her to help him pick out a gift for "a girl." The pair settled on a piece of lacy lingerie and Trump asked Carroll to try it on. Carroll said she deflected the offer and told him to try it on instead. The pair then made their way to a dressing room where, Carroll alleges, Trump sexually assaulted her.

Carroll did not go to the police after the encounter, but did say she told friends, both journalists, one told her to go to the police she said and the other advised her to tell no one. Both confirmed the account to New York.

Carroll said she did not come forward earlier because "receiving death threats, being driven from my home, being dismissed, being dragged through the mud, and joining the 15 women who've come forward with credible stories about how the man grabbed, badgered, belittled, mauled, molested, and assaulted them, only to see the man turn it around, deny, threaten, and attack them, never sounded like much fun. Also, I am a coward."

Carroll also claimed that the dress she wore on the night of the encounter, "still hangs on the back of my closet door, unworn and unlaundered since that evening."

Carroll wrote about her encounter with the president, which she says took place in 1995 or 1996, in New York Magazine this week, where she also detailed other acts of sexual misconduct brought upon her by powerful men like Les Moonves, who has also faced allegations of sexual abuse from several other women.

President Trump has been accused of harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual abuse by more than a dozen women.

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Donald Trump, musician Tony Bennett, actress (and Trump's wife) Marla Maples, and her daughter, Tiffany Trump, during a 'roaring 20's' party at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, December 9, 1995, around the time of the alleged assault. Davidoff Studios Photography/Getty
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