Child rape allegations against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are continuing to gather steam with one week left to go until Election Day. The newest update to the case has seen the number of alleged victims of Trump go from one to two, with anonymous witnesses claiming to have personally seen Trump commit the heinous crimes of which he is accused.
A woman identified as Katie Johnson is behind what has become the series of lawsuits. Johnson first filed a lawsuit in California alleging that she was raped as a child by both Trump and Trump’s friend, Jeffrey Epstein, a New York billionaire who was convicted in 2008 of “soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.”
The original lawsuit was dismissed early this past spring due to it being filed in the wrong court — although Johnson filed her lawsuit in civil rights court, no civil rights violation could be found inherent in the charges.
About a month following the dismissal of the original case, a criminal complaint was filed in a New York court making much the same accusations against the man who is now Republican presidential nominee.
The lawsuit had slight, although notable, changes from the content of the original version filed in California. To start with, Johnson’s name was not used as the name of the plaintiff in the New York suit; rather, the plaintiff was only identified as “Jane Doe.”
In addition, a few details originally included in the California version of the lawsuit were omitted in the New York version. For example, the plaintiff’s request for $100 million in damages is absent from the New York version of the lawsuit, a move described by the curiously guarded inner circle of people close to Johnson/ Doe as motivated by a desire to “just get the story out there.”
Also absent from the New York version of the lawsuit is the claim that Trump referred to Epstein as a “Jew bastard” and the claim that Trump “threw money at the plaintiff for an abortion when she expressed fear about getting pregnant after being raped.”
In a notable addition to the content of the New York lawsuit, however, two anonymous witnesses, identified only as “Joan Doe” and “Tiffany Doe,” allege that they, in fact, witnessed what the lawsuit alleges took place, with the added detail that Trump, according to the witnesses, raped two children.
“Tiffany Doe” alleges that she “personally witnessed Trump rape Jane Doe/Katie Johnson, and watched Trump force Katie and a “12-year-old female named Maria Doe’ to perform oral sex on him.”
One of the victims, “Doe” alleges, was threatened with forced disappearance by Trump.
The witness said:
‘I personally witnessed Defendant Trump telling the Plaintiff that she shouldn’t ever say anything if she didn’t want to disappear like the 12-year-old female Maria, and that he was capable of having her whole family killed.’
Epstein, mind you, a man who figures prominently in this case, is a convicted child sex trafficker and was a longtime friend of the New York billionaire.
Sure, there is no way to prove beyond a reasonable doubt at this point that Trump did what it is alleged that he did. And sure, the nature of the allegations allows for this to be nothing more than a smear campaign against Trump.
There is, however, no way to get around the fact that violent child rape is, in fact, hardly out of character for a man who at one point bragged about committing sexual assault.
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