A longtime author and advice columnist has alleged in a forthcoming book that President Trump sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s, according to an excerpt published Friday by New York magazine.
E. Jean Carroll, the columnist behind “Ask E. Jean” in Elle magazine, alleged the incident took place in the dressing room of a Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York City. Carroll said she did not report the incident to the police, but told two close friends about it at the time.
New York magazine says both of the friends have confirmed Carroll’s account.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment from The Hill, but a senior official disputed the allegation in a statement to New York magazine.
“This is a completely false and unrealistic story surfacing 25 years after allegedly taking place and was created simply to make the President look bad,” the official said.
Trump later issued a statement denying Carroll’s account. He insisted the two had never met — though New York magazine included a photo of the two of them and their spouses at a party around 1987 — and suggested she was financially or politically motivated to come forward.
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