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President Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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.
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Why it matters: Rojansky has been praised for his scholarship on Russia and is frequently cited in U.S. media for his expert commentary. But his work has drawn criticism — including in a 2018 open letter from Ukrainian alumni of Kennan that blasted the think tank he runs as an "unwitting tool of Russia’s political interference."