Note: This article contains descriptions of alleged sexual assault.
Presumptive Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is being accused of raping a 13-year-old in 1994. The suit alleges a “Jane Doe” was held as a “sex slave” for Trump and his wealthy friend, since-convicted child predator Jeffrey Epstein. Trump has denied the allegations.
First filed in April of this year, the suit was initially submitted without the help of an attorney and thrown out for technical reasons, according to the Huffington Post. It was reintroduced in June.
According to an affidavit from “Jane Doe” included in the lawsuit, the young victim was lured to Epstein’s notorious parties by a woman named “Tiffany,” who promised high-powered connections, modeling opportunities, and pay simply for attending:
The parties were held at a New York City residence that was being used by Defendant Jeffrey Epstein. Each of the parties had other minor females and a number of guests of Mr. Epstein, including Defendant Donald Trump at four of the parties I attended. I understood that both Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein knew I was 13 years old.
Defendant Trump had sexual contact with me at four different parties in the summer of 1994. On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied me to a bed, exposed himself to me, and then proceeded to forcibly rape me. During the course of this savage sexual attack, I loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but he did not. Defendant Trump responded to my pleas by violently striking me in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted.
Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened me that, were I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trump’s sexual and physical abuse of me, my family and I wold be physically harmed if not killed.
According to the lawsuit, Trump’s alleged assaults of “Jane Doe” were witnessed by “Tiffany,” a young woman who worked for Epstein at the time. “Jane” says she was also raped by Epstein:
Defendant Epstein then attempted to strike Plaintiff about the head with his closed fists while he angrily screamed at Plaintiff that he, Defendant Epstein, rather than Defendant Trump, should have been the one who took Plaintiff’s virginity, before Plaintiff finally managed to break away from Defendant Epstein.
These disturbing allegations are just that—allegations—but as legal analyst Lisa Bloom points out in the Huffington Post, they merit serious investigation, particularly in light of the office Trump is seeking and his history of misogynist statements and other accusations of sexual assault and harassment.
If the Bill Cosby case has taught us anything, it is to not disregard rape cases against famous men. Serious journalists have publicly apologized for turning a blind eye to the Cosby accusers for over a decade, notwithstanding the large number of women who had come forward with credible claims. And now history is repeating itself.
Trump’s ex-wife Ivana once, under oath, accused her then-husband of violently raping her, Bloom writes. And he’s been accused of sexual harassment and attempted rape by a former business acquaintance.
If true, the allegations would add a layer of hypocrisy to those Trump supporters who defend the necessity of “bathroom bills” to prevent rape and protect women and girls. They also add an unexpected twist to the campaign. Before the allegations surfaced, some speculated that former President Bill Clinton‘s ties to the billionaire sex offender and political financier could hurt Hillary Clinton‘s campaign.