Note: On Wednesday afternoon, it was announced that “Jane Doe,” the anonymous woman who claims that Donald Trump raped her in 1994, will hold a press conference at 6 pm tonight. Her new lawyer, Lisa Bloom, tweeted the news. Bloom also represents Jill Harth, who claims that Trump sexually assaulted her. The following story tracks the mainstream media’s—especially TV’s—lack of coverage of the various accusations of rape and sexual assault from women against Trump throughout much of the campaign.
Update, 6:15 pm: Bloom announced that the press conference was canceled because of threats that Jane Doe has received today. Bloom says it will be rescheduled.
Once the Access Hollywood video revealed Donald Trump bragging that he likes to grab women “by the pussy,” the news media finally began to do their job and report on the women who’ve accused Trump of sexual misconduct over the years. As most everyone now knows, Trump has called these dozen or so accusers “liars” and threatened to sue them. But what voters don’t know, because most mainstream media have not informed them, is that one woman is currently suing Donald Trump for allegedly raping her when she was 13. The case is scheduled for an initial hearing in a Manhattan federal court on December 16, well after the election.
“Jane Doe,” now 35, alleges that Trump and notorious convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused her at four of Epstein’s parties at his Upper East Side mansion in 1994. At the fourth and last party she attended, she alleges, Trump raped her. In her complaint, she claims to have a witness to the rape, “Tiffany Doe,” who recruited young women to the parties with promises of money and a modeling career, and a school friend, “Joan Doe,” to whom she confided her story in the “1994-1995 school year.” The complaint also states that Trump told her that if she ever revealed what happened, “Plaintiff and her family would be physically harmed if not killed.”
Trump attorney Alan Garten vehemently denies the allegations. “As I have said again and again, the lawsuit is a complete hoax,” he said in an e-mail. “It has been filed and either dismissed or withdrawn multiple times and appears to be politically motivated. The allegations are false and the claims altogether lacking in merit.”
Jane Doe’s attorney, Cheney Mason, best known for defending Casey Anthony, who was acquitted in 2011 of the death her 2-year-old daughter, has issued a statement saying that the case against Trump and Epstein is “based on the sworn declarations of the victim and two corroborating witnesses” and that the defendants “will be required to answer questions under oath.”