journalist accuses him of rape 30 years ago
“I haven’t been able to have sex with anyone since.” The phrase is by journalist and writer E. Jean Carroll and refers to an allegation of rape 30 years ago.. The person she is accusing is none other than Donald Trump. Today she is 79 years old and the former president is 76.
Although the lawyers of the politician and businessman had asked to postpone it, Trump faces the trial, not for the alleged rape, but for one for defamation.. The Justice action begins this Tuesday with jury selection at the Federal District Court in Manhattan.
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has ruled that. the jury to be selected to remain anonymous.including for the attorneys for the parties, on the off chance that they may suffer some form of harassment or attack by Trump supporters. The New York Times says the trial will not be very long, and could last between one and two weeks.
But who is she?
Elizabeth Jean Carroll is an American journalist, writer and newspaper columnist, one of the longest-lived in the American publishing world. Well known was her column Ask E. Jean in the magazine Elle. He wrote it for more than 20 years, between 1993 and 2019.
The column was taken to television, and from 1994 to 1996, Carroll was host and producer of the television series Ask E. Jeanwhich was issued in America’s Talking from the NBC. Prior to that, in the 1980s, he worked for Saturday Night Live and was nominated for an Emmy for Best Writing for a Musical or Variety Program in 1987.
She has written for magazines such as. Esquire, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, New York o Playboy. From the latter she was the first editor.
Carroll was known for her gonzo-style first-person narratives. Her 2002 story The Cheerleaders was selected as one of the best true crime reports of that year.. Several of his articles have been included in non-fiction anthologies.
Carroll indicts Trump
On June 21, 2019, Carroll wrote in the magazine. New York that Trump had sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.. Weeks later she published the book What Do We Need Men For: A Modest Proposal. (‘What Do We Need Men For: A Modest Proposal’). In the pages of that kind of memoir he gave details of Trump’s aggression.
He also pointed to Les Moonves, a media executive who was president and CEO of CBS until he resigned in 2018, precisely, over numerous allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and abuse. Moonves was accused by 13 women, Carroll among them.
Sexual assault or fight?
According to Carroll, Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in late 1995 or early 1996. At the Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York. In the 2019 book she gave the details.
On his way out of the store he ran into Trump and Trump asked him to help him buy a gift for a woman. After suggesting a handbag or a hat, both allegedly headed to the lingerie section. And joked about the possibility of the other trying something on.
Carroll recounted that they ended up together in a fitting room, the door of which was closed, and Trump forcibly kissed her, pulled down her stockings and raped her before she could escape. It was barely three minutes, according to the journalist’s account.
At first, however, Carroll did not speak of an alleged sexual assault or rape, but of a fight.. “My word is fight. My word is not the word victim … I fought,” reported several media outlets, among them the NYT.
The former U.S. president not only denied the facts, he said he had never met Carroll. However, the author provided to the magazine New York a photograph of her with Trump in 1987.
The defamation lawsuit
In these years, the Republican has publicly called the writer a liar. and has made disparaging remarks about her appearance. As a result, Carroll decided to wage a legal battle against him for defamation.
It was in November 2019. The lawsuit states. That Trump had damaged his reputation, had substantially harmed her professionally, and had caused her emotional pain.
“Decades ago, the now president of the United States raped me.. When I had the courage to speak out about the attack, he defamed my character, accused me of lying for his own benefit, even insulted my appearance,” she said. In filing the lawsuit, the journalist said she was doing so “on behalf of all women who have ever been harassed, assaulted, silenced or who have spoken out only to be shamed, dismissed, ridiculed and belittled.”
Carroll is one more on the list of at least 25 women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.. The cases of Natasha Stoynoff, Karena Virginia, Jessica Leeds, Alva Johnson, and Kristin Anderson are known, as collected by the writer herself in a series in The Atlantic in 2020 and 2021.