All eyes have been on the Republican contender for Alabama senator, Roy Moore’s many accusation of sexual harassment and violations, including of a 14-year-old girl. Yet, what about the 16 women who have alleged that Donald Trump either sexual harassed or assaulted them?
Something shifted this month in the fabric of the nation’s attitude toward men sexually harassing girls and women. All of a sudden, Trump is back under the microscope.
Three women have accused the president of rape and attempted rape. The youngest victim was only 13-years-old at the time.
According to the “Jane Doe” lawsuit filed in June 2016, Trump took the child to a party with noted registered sex offender, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The woman described the attack on her years earlier as:
‘(A) savage sexual attack.’
A witness corroborated her account of the attack in the lawsuit. This witness claimed that she watched the 13-year-old perform “various sexual acts on Trump and Epstein.” This occurred, according to the lawsuit, after the two men had been advised how young she was.
Jane Doe wrote in the lawsuit, which she refiled in New York:
‘Immediately following this rape Defendant Trump threatened me that, were I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trump’s sexual and physical abuse of me, my family and I would be physically harmed if not killed.’
The woman dropped her lawsuit just four days prior to the November 2016 presidential election. She said she had received “numerous threats.”
Near the end of his campaign, Donald Trump was caught on a video talking to former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about how he treated women. The presidential candidate said, according to The Washington Post:
‘You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.’
Former Newsweek reporter Harry Hurt III wrote in his book, Lost Tycoon, published in 1993, about “violent assaults” against Trump’s first wife and mother of his three eldest children, Ivana Trump. He wrote about her describing Trump pulling out fistfuls of her hair and raping her, according to Newsweek:
‘He jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than sixteen months. Ivana is terrified.… According to versions she repeats to some of her closest confidants, “he raped me.”‘
Trump’s attorneys insisted Ivana withdraw her allegations in a statement at the front of her book. The New York Times reported that the statement read:
‘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.’
Former business associate of the president, Jill Harth, filed a lawsuit in 1997 for “attempted rape.” The lawsuit explained that Trump allegedly threw her against the wall in one of his children’s Mar-a-Lago bedrooms and then lifted her dress. According to The Guardian interview, she remembered:
‘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. How could he be doing this when I’m there for business?’
She also said that Trump had groped her without her consent numerous times. Harth withdrew her lawsuit after settling a different lawsuit with him over a business dispute, but she maintains her sexual assault claim.
Donald Trump’s former attorney and top aide, Michael Cohen, incorrectly claimed, TIME reported:
‘By the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.’
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that all accusations were lies. The president spoke in the White House Rose Garden in October, the Washington Post reported:
‘All I can say is it’s totally fake news. It’s just fake. It’s fake. It’s made-up stuff. It’s disgraceful what happens, but that happens in the—that happens in the world of politics.’
Trump denied all three of these accusations. He also said in The Real Deal that Harth’s allegations were “meritless,” and the claims of him raping a minor child were “categorically false” and “politically motivated.”
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