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All the President's Women - Donald Trump's trysts with sexual misconduct and rape

Journalist E. Jean Carroll is at least the 22nd woman to have accused Trump of sexual misconduct

By Bhagyasri Chaudhury in Calcutta
  • Published 25.06.19, 5:46 PM
  • Updated 25.06.19, 6:25 PM
  • 2 mins read
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As the skeletons in the president’s closet pile up, the stench of the fresh accusation against the US president affects him to no degree (Shutterstock)

In response to journalist Elizabeth Jean Carroll’s charge that he had sexually assaulted her over 20 years ago, US President Donald Trump said: "I'll say it with great respect. Number one, she's not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?"

Trump, who has several times been accused of sexual misconduct, had once said that as a famous man, he could get away with anything.

Carroll, a New York-based advice columnist, is the newest addition to the list of accusers. She said that a friendly encounter with Trump at a New York City department store in the mid-1990s turned into a "colossal struggle”, when the real estate mogul pushed her up against a dressing room wall, unzipped his pants and forced himself on her.

Even if this seemed like one more skeleton tumbling out of Trump's closet, the US President was unaffected. According to Trump, Carroll, who wrote for years for Elle magazine, was “totally lying”. "I’ve never met this person in my life,” he said. “I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her."

Clippings clarify that Trump's claim that he had never met Carroll was false as the two were photographed in a party in 1987.

Carroll is now, at least the 22nd woman to have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

“She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation, ” Trump said in response to the journalist’s accusation of rape.

Carroll said there were no attendants in the dressing room at the time of the alleged assault happened and she did not file a report with the New York Police Department. "I wanted to forget it," she said. "I thought A, my fault. B, I was stupid. C, I didn't think of it... as rape. I thought of it as a violent incident. I thought of it as a fight."

New York Police Department (NYPD) said that they will look into the charges and find out the truth.

Journalists and Twitterati have joined in. Here are some of the things Twitter said about the fresh accusation against the US President. 

In a video released three years ago by the Washington Post, Trump bragged about trying to have sex with women during a 2005 recording. 

The audio clip, which the President later termed as "locker room talk", was leaked during the 2016 presidential campaign, triggering a flurry of sexual assault accusations. 

Since then, 22 women, including Carroll, have accused Trump of sexual assault that began in the 1980s. This list on Twitter gives the names and accusations of many of the women.

Trump has his supporters too. 

New York radio host Mark Simone said that women coming out to say they were sexually harassed was an election season event only. “Trump has cured Alzheimer’s” he said, mocking how "suddenly people remember things" when Trump said he was running for President.