“It knocked me back. I felt relief and I — that’s right. That’s right,” magazine advice columnist E. Jean Carroll told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, nodding her head affirmatively when asked if the recording gave her “confirmation.”
In the excerpts, Carroll claims that she encountered “one of New York’s most famous men” in the fall of 1995 or spring 1996 at the Bergdorf Goodman department store, where she says he attacked her in one of the dressing rooms after pressing her to try on lingerie and pulls her toward the dressing room, where he “unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me.” She says she fought against Trump.
On Friday, Trump accused Carroll of sharing her account to raise book sales, comparing her to women who he says “falsely accused” Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault during his contentious confirmation hearings. He also implied that Democrats could be involved in Carroll’s “false accusations” but did not offer any details as to how, and Carroll on Monday denied any political affiliation or motivation.
Additionally, the President said in a statement released on Friday that he “never met this person,” though the article published that same day includes a photo of Trump and Carroll talking in a group. “There’s some picture where we’re shaking hands. It looks like at some kind of event. I have my coat on. I have my wife standing next to me. And I didn’t know (Carroll’s) husband, but he was a newscaster,” said Trump, who was married to Ivana Trump at the time. “But I have no idea who she is,” he continued.
Carroll, who is depicted on the cover of New York wearing the same coatdress she claims she wore during the encounter with Trump more than two decades ago, said she has “no idea” if Trump ejaculated or if his semen is on the dress, but said she hasn’t had it dry cleaned.
Trump has vehemently denied all of the womens’ allegations made against him. Less than three weeks before the election, he threatened to file a lawsuit against “all of these liars” once the election was over, but has not yet followed through on his threat.
Carroll also said Monday the thought of confronting Trump “terrifies” her, telling Camerota that such an encounter would be a “terrible situation.”
CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi, Caroline Kelly and Sara Murray contributed to this report.