The domestic media has been quiet about the fact that the Republican Party’s candidate for U.S. president, Donald J. Trump, has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed on September 30, 2016 for rape of a child. The plaintiff originally filed her case in June, 2016, but pulled it and then re-filed on September 30, 2016. The victim says she was 13 years old when Trump violently raped her at a Manhattan party in 1994. The woman pulled her original suit after filing it herself, without the help of attorney, and making errors in the filing. She has since refiled her case with the help of Florida attorney J. Cheney Mason, who served as co-counsel in the successful defense of Casey Anthony, the woman who was acquitted in 2011 of murdering her two year old daughter, Caylee Anthony, after the child’s disappearance in 2008.
The lawsuit names Trump and a friend of Trump’s, Jeffrey E. Epstein, who is a registered sex offender. The Florida sex offender registry describes Epstein’s crime as “procuring a person under age of 18 for prostitution.”
It is unprecedented for a candidate for U.S. president to face a rape a lawsuit during the course of a campaign.
The plaintiff and witnesses in the case are using pseudonyms because they say the defendants threatened their lives and those of their family if the women ever told anyone about the violent sexual encounters. The Plaintiff filed the case under the pseudonym “Jane Doe.” The witnesses are identified as “Joan Doe” and “Tiffany Doe,” to protect their identities. One of the witnesses in the most recent filing was not included in the previous version.
In her affidavit in the case, Tiffany Doe wrote that she worked as a party planner for Epstein from 1991-2000, and her job was to attract adolescent girls to attend parties Epstein put on at Wexner Mansion in New York City. Tiffany Doe wrote that she met the Plaintiff at the Port Authority and invited her to these parties. She said in the affidavit that she “personally witnessed the Plaintiff being forced to perform various sexual acts with Donald J. Trump and Mr. Epstein. Both Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein were advised that she was 13 years old.” The affidavit says Trump and Epstein physically threatened the life and well-being of the Plaintiff if she ever revealed the details of the physical and sexual abuse she suffered at their hands.
United State District Judge Ronnie Abrams signed an order on October 4, 2016 for a status conference in the case. The conference is scheduled to be held after the election, on December 16, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 1506 of the U.S. District Court at 40 Foley Square, in New York City. It is to include a brief description of any discovery that has already taken place.
To see the original June, 2016 filing against Trump and Epstein, click here.
The entire text of the current lawsuit, as it was filed on September 30, 2016, including the affidavits of plaintiff Jane Doe and witnesses Joan Doe and Tiffany Doe, can be seen here. (After clicking, allow some time for documents to load.)
Trump denies the allegations.
Few domestic mainstream news outlets are publishing information about this case, but here are some links to sites that have published information on it:
–Courthouse News Service, Friday, September 30, 2016, Rape Allegations Refiled Against Trump
— The UK Independent, October 11, 2016, Donald Trump underage rape accusation: Judge sets date for hearing of lawsuit
— Buzzfeed, October 10, 2016: This High-Profile Defense Attorney Is Now Representing A Woman Accusing Trump Of Rape
-Snopes.com, October 11, 2016: Lawsuit Charges Donald Trump with Raping a 13 Year Old Girl
— New York Daily News, October 12, 2016: Lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of raping 13-year-old girl gets December hearing
— The UK Daily Mail, October 13, 2016: Lawsuit alleging Donald Trump forcibly raped girl, 13, gets pre-trial date despite his firm denial of the claims
–UK Guardian, October 12, 2016: Trump lawyers given court date over lawsuit alleging rape of 13-year-old
–Fusion.net, originally published July 21, 2016, updated October 8, 2016: Here are all the times Donald Trump has been accused of rape or attempted rape
–New York Magazine, October 14, 2016 – An Exhaustive List of the Allegations Women Have Made Against Donald Trump