In an interview with The Hill on Monday, President Trump said writer E. Jean Carroll was “totally lying” when she accused him of sexually assaulting her in a dressing room in the nineties, noting, “She’s not my type.”
Carroll published her allegations in a New York magazine story on Friday, alleging that the president had attacked her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago, thrusting his penis inside of her against her will. The president denied the allegations in a statement that day, according to The Hill, and then again while speaking to reporters on Saturday.
On Monday, he continued his denials, telling The Hill, “I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?”
Later that day, in an interview with CNN, Carroll said, “I love that I’m not his type.”
More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct over the past three decades. An Access Hollywood video released in 2016 showed him bragging about groping women, saying he could get away with anything as a celebrity. He has roundly denied allegations of sexual misconduct, and insulted the women who have accused him.
At a 2016 campaign event, after a woman accused him of putting his hand up her skirt while on an airplane, he said she was not attractive enough for him to do so, according to The New York Times. “Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you,” he said. “That would not be my first choice. Check out her Facebook, you’ll understand.”
Describing the alleged attack in the dressing room, Carroll wrote in New York magazine, “The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips,” she wrote. “He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights.
“The next moment, still wearing correct business attire, shirt, tie, suit jacket, overcoat, he opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me,” she wrote. “It turns into a colossal struggle. I am wearing a pair of sturdy black patent-leather four-inch Barneys high heels, which puts my height around six-one, and I try to stomp his foot. I try to push him off with my one free hand — for some reason, I keep holding my purse with the other — and I finally get a knee up high enough to push him out and off and I turn, open the door, and run out of the dressing room.”
President Trump said Friday that he had never met Carroll, despite the fact that New York magazine published a photo of the two together. He dismissed the photo, telling reporters, “Standing with my coat on in a line. Give me a break, with my back to the camera. I have no idea who she is,” according to Talking Points Memo. “There’s some picture where we’re shaking hands, it looks like at some kind of event. I have my coat on. I have my wife standing next to me. And I didn’t know her husband, but he was a newscaster, but I have no idea who she is, none whatsoever.”
Separately, the executive editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet, said Monday the newspaper had been “overly cautious” in covering the allegations from Carroll, after readers complained that the paper had downplayed the story.
The Sunday morning talk shows had faced similar criticism, after the top five shows largely ignored the allegations from Carroll, according to HuffPost, with the hosts declining to raise the issue with top Republican and Democrat guests.