A federal lawsuit filed Monday in New York accuses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl more than 20 years ago, at several Upper East Side parties hosted by convicted sex offender and notorious billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein.
The suit, first reported by the Real Deal, accuses Trump and Epstein of luring the anonymous plaintiff and other young women to four parties at Epstein's so-called Wexner Mansion at 9 East 71st Street. Epstein allegedly lured the plaintiff, identified in the suit only as Jane Doe, with promises of a modeling career and cash.
Another anonymous woman, identified in additional testimony as Tiffany Doe, corroborates Jane's allegations, testifying that she met Epstein at Port Authority, where he hired her to recruit other young girls for his parties.
Trump had known Epstein for seven years in 1994 when he attended the parties at Wexner, according to the suit. He also allegedly knew that the plaintiff was 13 years old.
The article then goes into some level of detail that I'm not going to reprint here, but it's available at the link. It is exactly as horrible as you'd think.
Given the statute of limitations on sexual assault (something that often simply prevents victims from reporting, and that Oregon has struck down at the state level), it's unclear how far this lawsuit will go. But it's worth noting that this isn't the first time Trump's been accused of sexual assault. That was in the early '90s, when Ivana Trump was deposed during divorce proceedings. She later recanted. Sort of. But when the Daily Beast contacted Camp Trump for an explanation of the 1989 incident last July, a Trump spokesman responded by saying, "You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”
For the record: He's wrong. It is illegal to rape your spouse in all 50 states.
Aside from allegations of straight-up assault, there's also the New York Times' comprehensive investigation of Trump's shady dealings with women, which includes the following statement from Temple Taggart, who was Miss Utah USA in 1997:
"He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, “Oh my God, gross.” He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like “Wow, that’s inappropriate.”
–Temple Taggart, 1997 Miss Utah USA
Mr. Trump disputes this, saying he is reluctant to kiss strangers on the lips. But Ms. Taggart said it was not an isolated incident.
Speaking of bizarre behavior, Trump recently stated his intention to have nontraditional speakers at the Republican National Convention. One of them? Football player Ben Roethlisberger.
Yeah, that guy. The one accused of rape.