2018-03-09 14:09:50 UTC
WHEN HAS TRUMP BEEN ACCUSED OF RAPE OR ATTEMPTED RAPE? ALLEGATIONS INCLUDE
A CHILD, HIS WIFE AND A BUSINESS ASSOCIATE
Former Alabama Judge Roy Moore lost his shot at a seat in the U.S. Senate
that was previously a near-guaranteed win. This follows numerous
accusations of inappropriate behavior, including making sexual advances on
a 14-year-old girl.
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The allegations arrived during a watershed moment in the country, as
victims speak out in droves against powerful and dangerous offenders. But
one man apparently slipped through the cracks just before America began
this reckoning. Despite facing a flurry of allegations, Donald Trump
Trump has been accused of rape and attempted rape a total of three times,
once involving an alleged victim who was a year younger than Moore's
In 1994, Trump went to a party with Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire who was
a notorious registered sex offender, and raped a 13-year-old girl that
night in what was a "savage sexual attack," according to a lawsuit filed
in June 2016 by "Jane Doe." The account was corroborated by a witness in
the suit, who claimed to have watched as the child performed various
sexual acts on Trump and Epstein even after the two were advised she was a
"Immediately following this rape Defendant Trump threatened me that, were
I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trumps sexual and
physical abuse of me, my family and I would be physically harmed if not
killed," Jane Doe wrote in the lawsuit, filed in New York.
The lawsuit was dropped in November 2016, just four days before the
election, with Jane Doe's attorneys citing "numerous threats" against her.
During a court deposition, Ivana TrumpDonald's first wife and mother to
Eric, Donald Jr. and Ivankaaccused the president of raping her in 1989.
The private account was described in former Newsweek reporter Harry Hurt
IIIs 1993 book, Lost Tycoon. It details the alleged "violent assault," in
which Trump pulled out fistfuls of his ex-wifes hair after receiving a
painful operation on his scalp.
"He jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than sixteen
months," Hurt wrote. "Ivana is terrified. According to versions she
repeats to some of her closest confidants, 'he raped me.'"
Ivana walked back her allegations against Trump after his lawyers insisted
she write the following statement at the beginning of her book, according
to The New York Times: "During a deposition given by me in connection with
my matrimonial case, I stated that my husband had raped me. I referred to
this as a 'rape,' but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a
literal or criminal sense."
A former Trump business associate, Jill Harth, claimed in a 1997 lawsuit
the New York real estate mogul attempted rape and groped her without her
consent on various occasions. In the suit, Harth described a violent
encounter at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, in which Trump allegedly threw her
against the wall of one of his childrens bedrooms before lifting up her
"It was a shocking thing to have him do this, because he knew I was with
George [her partner], he knew they were in the next room," she recalled in
an October 2016 interview with The Guardian. "How could he be doing this
when I'm there for business?"
In the pre-election interview, Harth maintained her allegations against
Trump despite having withdrawn her lawsuit against him after he settled a
separate suit her partner filed over a business dispute.
Trump has denied all three of these accusations. He said that Harths
claims were "meritless" and that accusations of him raping a minor were
"categorically false" and "politically motivated." Michael Cohen, his
former lawyer and top aide, defended him against Ivana Trumps claims,
saying, "By the very definition, you can't rape your spouse."
The president has also been accused of sexual harassment or assault by at
least 16 women.
Trump has continued his denials in office, with White House press
secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly telling reporters every
accusation against him is a flat-out lie. Hes also used a press
conference in the White House Rose Garden to lambast his accusers, saying
in October, "All I can say is its totally fake news."
He added: "It's just fake. It's fake. It's made-up stuff. It's disgraceful
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