U.S. President Donald Trump says a New York-based recommendation columnist who claims he sexually assaulted her in a Manhattan division retailer dressing room within the mid-1990s made a “completely false accusation” in opposition to him and denied figuring out the girl.

“I do not know who this lady is,” Trump stated Saturday as he left the White Home for the Camp David presidential retreat.

The president scoffed when questioned a few picture of himself along with his accuser, E. Jean Carroll, which New York journal printed on its web site together with Carroll’s description of the alleged assault by Trump. Additionally within the picture have been Trump’s then-wife, Ivana Trump, and Carroll’s then-husband, New York newscaster John Johnson.

“Standing with my coat on in a line. Give me a break,” Trump stated of the 1987 picture. “With my again to the digicam.”

‘Colossal wrestle’

The allegation in opposition to Trump is included in Carroll’s upcoming e-book in regards to the “hideous males” the Elle journal columnist says she has encountered all through her life. Trump additionally accused New York journal of publishing Carroll’s claims in opposition to him and others to spice up its readership.

Trump’s first remark got here in a White Home assertion Friday through which he deemed the accusation “pretend information” and stated there was no proof.

The Related Press has not independently verified Carroll’s account and she or he didn’t return the AP’s phone request for remark. The Trump Group, which Trump nonetheless owns, additionally didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Carroll wrote {that a} pleasant encounter with Trump at Bergdorf Goodman in 1995 or 1996 turned violent when the true property mogul pushed her up in opposition to a dressing room wall, unzipped his pants and compelled himself on her. Carroll stated that, in a “colossal wrestle,” she pushed him off and ran from the shop.

Greater than a dozen girls have accused Trump

Through the 2016 presidential marketing campaign, greater than a dozen girls accused Trump of sexual misconduct in earlier years. Trump has denied the allegations and stated the ladies are mendacity. Whereas these circumstances usually concerned groping and kissing with out consent, Carroll alleged compelled penetration.

Carroll, now 75, wrote in her e-book excerpt on the journal’s web site that Trump acknowledged her as “that recommendation woman” as he arrived on the Fifth Avenue retailer simply as she was leaving. She stated Trump invited her to assist him purchase a gift for an unidentified “woman” and she or he agreed.

Trump denied the assault occurred and denied figuring out Carroll. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Carroll stated that after Trump prompt a purchase order of lingerie or underwear, he grabbed a bodysuit and urged Carroll to strive it on. After some joking round about which one among them ought to strive it on, Trump led Carroll to a dressing room, the place, she alleged, Trump pushed her in opposition to a wall, pulled down her tights and assaulted her in an episode that lasted underneath three minutes.

Carrol stated there have been no attendants within the dressing room space and she or he didn’t file a report with the New York Police Division. She stated she did, nonetheless, inform two journalist pals, one among whom urged her to contact the police whereas the opposite suggested her to maintain quiet, citing Trump’s entry to attorneys.

‘Locker-room speak’

New York journal stated it confirmed the accounts of Carroll’s pals, nevertheless it didn’t establish them by title.

Trump famous the dearth of proof in his Friday assertion. Bergdorf advised New York journal it not had safety tapes from that point interval.

“No footage? No surveillance? No video? No studies? No gross sales attendants round?? I want to thank Bergdorf Goodman for confirming they haven’t any video footage of any such incident, as a result of it by no means occurred,” Trump stated.

Trump was caught boasting on tape in 2005 about grabbing girls by their genitals and kissing them with out permission. When the tape grew to become public weeks earlier than the November 2016 basic election, Trump stated he by no means acted in any of the methods described on the tape, and stated it was simply “locker-room speak.”

Carroll says Les Moonves additionally assaulted her

In March, a New York state appeals courtroom dominated that Summer season Zervos, a former contestant on Trump’s actuality TV present The Apprentice who accused him of undesirable kissing and groping, can transfer ahead together with her defamation lawsuit in opposition to him.

Trump is not the one distinguished man on the record of males who Carroll alleges have assaulted her.

She additionally claimed that Les Moonves, the previous CEO of CBS, mauled her within the elevator of a Beverly Hills lodge after she interviewed him in 1997. Moonves was one among tv’s most influential figures when he was ousted in September 2018 following allegations by girls who stated he subjected them to mistreatment, together with compelled oral intercourse, groping and retaliation in the event that they resisted.

Moonves advised New York journal that he “emphatically denies” the incident occurred. He didn’t reply to the AP’s requests for remark.