Donald Trump issues denial after facing new sexual assault allegation

A New York writer has said Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a changing room at a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s.

Agony aunt E Jean Carroll wrote in the New York magazine that after what started as a friendly encounter with Mr Trump at Bergdorf Goodman in 1995 or 1996, the real estate mogul pushed her up against a wall, unzipped his trousers and forced himself on her.

Ms Carroll said that in a "colossal struggle" she pushed him off and ran from the store.

In a statement, Mr Trump called the accusation "fake news" and said there was no evidence.

He added: "I've never met this person in my life."

The allegation against Mr Trump by Ms Carroll is included in her upcoming book about the "hideous men" that the Elle magazine columnist says she has encountered throughout her life.

Mr Trump responded: "No pictures? No surveillance? No video? No reports? No sales attendants around?? I would like to thank Bergdorf Goodman for confirming they have no video footage of any such incident, because it never happened."

22 PHOTOS
Trumps in Ireland
See Gallery
Trumps in Ireland
Donald Trump Jr. (centre), and Eric Trump (right), the sons of US President Donald Trump, behind the bar in Tubridy's Bar in the village of Doonbeg, Co Clare, on the first day of US President Donald Trump's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Eric Trump (right) and Donald Jr., sons of US President Donald Trump, behind the bar in Madigan's pub in the village of Doonbeg, Co Clare, on the first day of US President Donald Trump's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Donald Trump Jr. drinks a pint of Guinness in Morrisey's in the village of Doonbeg, Co Clare, on the first day of US President Donald Trump's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Donald Trump Jr. (left), and Eric Trump, the sons of US President Donald Trump, pose for selfies in Igoe's Pub in the village of Doonbeg, Co Clare, on the first day of US President Donald Trump's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Eric Trump, the son of US President Donald Trump, meets locals in the village of Doonbeg in County Clare, on the first day of US President Donald Trump's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Donald Trump Jr. (right) and Eric Trump, the sons of US President Donald Trump, pour drinks and meet locals in the village of Doonbeg in Co Clare, on the first day of US President Donald Trump's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Secret Service and armed police stand with Presidential Vehicles in the village of Doonbeg in County Clare on the first day of US President Donald Trump's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Crowds gather round a restaurant in the village of Doonbeg in County Clare on the first day of US President Donald Trump's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Trump supporters await the arrival of US President Donald Trump in the village of Doonbeg in County Clare on the first day of his visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Crowds gather round a restaurant in the village of Doonbeg in County Clare on the first day of US President Donald Trump's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Local people watch a Ceili Dance as they await the arrival of President Donald Trump in the village of Doonbeg in County Clare on the first day of his visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Crowds gather round a restaurant as Secret Service and armed police stand with Presidential Vehicles in the village of Doonbeg in County Clare on the first day of US President Donald Trump's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Crowds gather round a restaurant in the village of Doonbeg in County Clare on the first day of US President Donald Trump's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Crowds gather round a restaurant as Secret Service and armed police stand with Presidential Vehicles in the village of Doonbeg in County Clare on the first day of US President Donald Trump's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Veterans for Peace protestors (left to right) Tarak Kauff, Edward Horgan and Ken Mayers await the arrival of US President Donald Trump in the village of Doonbeg in County Clare on the first day of his visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Protestors stand at the peace camp on the road to Shannon Airport following the arrival of US President Donald Trump for his visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Protestors at the peace camp on the road to Shannon Airport following the arrival of US President Donald Trump for his visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Vehicles used by US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania at Shannon Airport during his visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Protestors stand at the peace camp on the road to Shannon Airport following the arrival of US President Donald Trump for his visit to the Republic of Ireland.
US President Donald Tump waves as he arrives at Shannon Airport, on Air Force Two for a visit to the Republic of Ireland.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) greets US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania at Shannon Airport for his visit to Ireland.
US President Donald Trump (left) and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hold a bilateral meeting at Shannon Airport, on the first day of the president's visit to the Republic of Ireland.
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

During the 2016 presidential campaign, more than a dozen women accused Mr Trump of sexual misconduct in earlier years.

He has denied the allegations and said the women are lying. While those cases generally involved groping and kissing without consent, Ms Carroll alleged rape.

Ms Carroll, now 75, wrote in her book excerpt on the magazine's website that Mr Trump recognised her as "that advice lady" as he arrived at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue just as she was leaving. She said he invited her to help him buy a present for an unidentified "girl" and she agreed.

She said that after Mr Trump suggested a purchase of lingerie or underwear, he grabbed a bodysuit and urged her to try it on.

After some joking around about which one of them should try it on, Mr Trump led Ms Carroll to a changing room, where, she alleged, Mr Trump pushed her against a wall, pulled down her tights and assaulted her in an episode that lasted under three minutes.

She said there were no attendants in the dressing room area and she did not file a report with the New York Police Department. She said she did, however, tell two journalist friends, one of whom urged her to contact the police while the other advised her to keep quiet, citing Mr Trump's access to lawyers.

New York magazine said it confirmed the accounts of Ms Carroll's friends but it did not identify either individual by name.

Mr Trump was caught on tape in 2005 boasting of grabbing women by their genitals and kissing them without permission. When the tape became public weeks before the November 2016 general election, Mr Trump said he never acted in any of the ways described on the tape, and described it as just "locker-room talk".

In March, a New York state appeals court ruled that Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Mr Trump's reality TV show The Apprentice who accused him of unwanted kissing and groping, can move forward with her defamation lawsuit against him.

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS