On Monday, while speaking to The Hill, President Trump said that writer E. Jean Carroll was "totally lying" in a recently released New York Magazine story where she accused him of raping her.
Carroll says that the encounter occurred in the mid-'90s during a run-in at a luxury department store. Trump's "vehement" denial, which he made while seated in the Oval Office, came shortly after Carroll once again recounted the alleged incident during an interview on CNN.
“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type," Trump said. "Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?”
Trump had originally denied the allegations in a statement on Friday, shortly after they were printed. He then doubled down on that denial when he spoke to reporters on Saturday.
On Monday, Trump repeated his claim that he'd never met Carroll, though the NY Magazine story had embedded a photo of the two. On Saturday, he explained away that photo by saying "Standing with my coat on in a line — give me a break — with my back to the camera. I have no idea who she is."
When asked if she was lying, he replied in the affirmative.
“Totally lying. I don’t know anything about her,” Trump said. “I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her. She is — it’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that.”
When made aware of those comments, Carroll said "I love that I'm not his type." She also said that he has a modus operandi for dealing with previous accusations of sexual misconduct. "He denies, he turns it around, he threatens and he attacks," she said.
Carroll's account of what occurred during the alleged incident was published on Friday afternoon, and is part of an upcoming book that she wrote. She says that, in either fall 1995 or spring 1996, she ran into Trump at a New York City Bergdorf Goodman. She says that they each recognized one another and that Trump asked for her advice when he was buying a gift for a woman. She says that the conversation turned to lingerie after her initial suggestion of a handbag or hat. She says that they joked that the lingerie should be tried on by each other and that they made their way to a dressing room. She further claimed that, once they went it into the dressing room, Trump lunged at her, pulled down her tights, and raped her. She says she fought him off before fleeing. She says the entire encounter lasted about three minutes. Asked why she hadn't come forth sooner she cited the potential for retribution and dismissal, while calling herself "a coward."
She also stated that she doesn't intend to file a criminal complaint regarding the incident.