In a statement released Friday night, Trump said the encounter described by Carroll never happened and that he did not know her. In interviews over the weekend, Carroll claimed she wouldn't go to authorities because an investigation into her own sexual assault would distract from the women being "raped around the clock" at the United States-Mexico border.
In the excerpts, Carroll claims that she encountered "one of New York's most famous men" in the fall of 1995 or spring 1996 at the Bergdorf Goodman department store, where she says he attacked her in one of the dressing rooms after pressing her to try on lingerie and pulls her toward the dressing room, where he "unzips his trousers, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway - or completely, I'm not certain - inside me".
As many have pointed out, this is not the first allegation of sexual misconduct to be made against the USA leader, with Trump embroiled in several controversies in the lead-up to his 2016 election.
Carroll: You're fascinating to talk to. She said the alleged incident lasted "no more than three minutes".
Very comforting to hear that the president's defense isn't "I would never rape anybody", just "I would never rape her." . And that's why I don't use the word you just used. I'm not the victim, ' she said. Think of the fantasies'. She said the assault took place in either 1995 of 1996. In 2016, Jessica Leeds accused Trump of assaulting her on an airplane decades ago and his response was to say at a political rally "Believe me, she would not be my first choice".
The allegation against Trump is included in Carroll's upcoming book about the "hideous men" whom the Elle magazine columnist says she has encountered throughout her life. "I am so glad I'm not his type".
Trump has also dismissed former People magazine reporter Natasha Stoynoff's allegation that he forcibly kissed her in 2005 at his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida. Two friends with whom she shared her story at the time had contrasting reactions. "We all get it, media. you hate @realDonaldTrump, but giving every [Michael] Avenatti-like wacko a platform because they will say anything for press kills what little is left of your credibility". He denies, he turns it around, he threatens and he attacks, ' she added.