Carroll — who said that Trump attacked her in a Bergdof Goodman dressing room, pulled down her tights, and “thrust his penis” in her — detailed the alleged incident in her upcoming book, What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal, an excerpt of which was published in The Cut on Friday. She also accused several other men of attacking her over the course of her life, including disgraced former CBS CEO Les Moonves.
Carroll is now one of at least 16 women to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct. The president and the White House have repeatedly denied the allegations and dismissed his accusers as being politically-motivated liars. Trump has rejected claims that he was ever inappropriate with women, despite a bombshell 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which he bragged about kissing women and grabbing them “by the pussy.”
In a statement to New York Magazine, the White House called Carroll’s allegations, “a completely false and unrealistic story surfacing 25 years after allegedly taking place,” adding that “it was created simply to make the President look bad.”
Carroll and the White House did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.
Carroll, 75, wrote that she had never come forward with her allegations against Trump until now, for fear of “receiving death threats, being driven from my home, being dismissed, being dragged through the mud, and joining the 15 women who’ve come forward with credible stories about how the man grabbed, badgered, belittled, mauled, molested, and assaulted them, only to see the man turn it around, deny, threaten, and attack them.”
Carroll, who is now an Elle advice columnist, said that that the incident occurred in either late 1995 or early 1996 when she had her own cable TV Show, Ask E. Jean, on America’s Talking.
In her book, Carroll wrote that she met Trump at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan when he recognized her as “that advice lady” and sought her help to buy a gift for “a girl.”
Carroll, who was 52 at the time of the incident, said she agreed to help him and eventually they ended up in the lingerie section of the department store where no one else was present.
Carroll wrote that Trump asked her to try on a “lacy see-through bodysuit” and she responded by joking that he should try it on. She said that she laughed as they both made their way to the dressing room.
After the dressing room door closed, Carroll said that Trump pushed her against the wall and put his mouth against her lips. After she shoved him back and started laughing, Carroll said that he pushed her against the wall again and pulled down her tights.
She said that Trump then unzipped his pants and “forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me.”
Carroll said she struggled with Trump during the nearly three-minute encounter and was eventually able to push him off and run out of the dressing room and the store.
Carroll said that she did not report the incident to police but confided to two of her journalist friends at the time, one of whom repeatedly told her, “He raped you” and urged her to go to the police.
Carroll said that she never again wore the Donna Karen coatdress that she had on at the time of the incident, until she posed in it for the latest cover of New York Magazine.
Describing the aftermath of the alleged incident with Trump, Carroll wrote, “And whether it’s my age, the fact that I haven’t met anyone fascinating enough over the past couple of decades to feel ‘the sap rising,’ as Tom Wolfe put it, or if it’s the blot of the real-estate tycoon, I can’t say. But I have never had sex with anybody ever again.”