Updated Jun 24, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Trump says he didn't rape author E. Jean Carroll: "She's not my type"

S President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order for sanctions on Iran's supreme leader in the Oval Office of the White House on June 24, 2019

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President Trump told The Hill Monday that writer E. Jean Carroll was "totally lying" when she said he raped her in a dressing room of New York's Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s.

I’ll say it with great respect: No. 1, she’s not my type. No. 2, it never happened. It never happened, OK?"

Why it matters: Carroll's accusation is the 16th allegation of sexual misconduct or assault levied against the president throughout his time in public life — all of which he has denied.

Catch up quick: Carroll, a columnist for Elle, alleged Trump pinned her against a wall in the dressing room in either 1995 or 1996, pulled down her tights, unzipped his pants and sexually assaulted her. Carroll claims she fought back and escaped relatively quickly.

  • She told CNN she's uncomfortable with the word "rape," but her description of the incident in her new book would legally qualify as rape.

The big picture: Trump previously called the accusation false, saying Carroll is making the claims to boost book sales. He said he never met Carroll, though The Cut published a photo of them together at a party in the 1990s. Trump dismissed the photo evidence on Saturday. "Standing with coat on in a line — give me a break — with my back to the camera. I have no idea who she is," he told reporters.

  • Trump insisted to The Hill he knows nothing about Carroll. "It’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that," he said.
  • Carroll responded to Trump's latest comments about her on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Monday evening.

This article has been updated with more details, including fresh quotes from Trump and Carroll.

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