Trump may soon be forced to testify under oath about rape allegations
Former President Donald Trump has managed, so far, to avoid any legal consequences as a result of the presidential powers he had during his time in office. But now that his time in the White House has passed, he could be forced to respond to rape allegations under oath.
According to a new report published in St. Louis Today, Trump is facing a string of sexual misconduct allegations from several women and now the time of reckoning may be approaching. The latest report offers details about a dress belonging to E. Jean Carroll, a former columnist for Elle Magazine, who has accused Trump of sexual misconduct, criminal actions he allegedly committed before his presidency.
Carroll, now 77, has revealed she still has the dress she wore during her alleged encounter with the former disgraced president. "I hung it in my closet," she said. The criminal complaint also details the day when Carroll crossed paths with Trump.
The publication reports:
Carroll said she randomly crossed paths with Trump in the Bergdorf Goodman's store in the mid-1990s. Carroll, who hosted a TV talk show at the time, said Trump recognized her. The two chatted, she said. Trump asked her to pick out a gift for an unidentified woman, and they eventually ended up in the lingerie department. After asking her to try on a bodysuit, Trump closed the door in a dressing room, pinned her against a wall, unzipped his pants, and sexually assaulted her, according to the complaint.
When Carroll filed her lawsuit in 2019, her attorney Roberta Kaplan, took the dress for forensic testing. While no semen was recovered from the item, the DNA of an unidentified person was retrieved. Monte Miller, a biochemist who runs a DNA analysis consultant company, weighed in on how the dress could impact the outcome of the case if the DNA is confirmed to be Trump's.
"How his DNA got on that dress would be the argument," Miller said. "It's for the attorneys and the courts and everybody else to argue about why it's there and how it got there."
Despite Carroll's accusations, Trump has refuted the claims and at one point claimed she isn't "his type." During an interview with Reuters, she explained how the encounter with Trump impacted her life. "I am living for the moment to walk into that room to sit across the table from him," Carroll said in the interview. "I think of it every day."
Carroll is seeking "unspecified damages in her lawsuit and a retraction of Trump's statements."
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