Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been accused of raping a teenage girl in the 1990s. The accuser, going by the name of Jane Doe, has kept her identity a mystery, and has skipped scheduled press conferences. And now her lawsuit has been dropped. Again.
This fuels critics claims that the woman’s story is a fabrication. The damage from the allegations may have been enough for character assassination.
Jane Doe instructed us to dismiss her lawsuit against Trump and Epstein today. Tough week for her. We wish her well. https://t.co/dnwCRFrZM5
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) November 5, 2016
“Jane Doe” remains a mystery. One name associated with the woman is Katie Johnson. Doe alleged that Trump, at a party (or parties) hosted by billionaire Jeffery Epstein, rapped her in 1994 when she was just 13 years old.
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) November 2, 2016
The woman’s lawyer, Thomas Meagher, filed a one page notice in New York federal court Friday to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit had been filed in California, but that case was dropped, too.
Press conference cancelled, Jane Doe has received numerous threats, afraid to show her face. -Lisa Bloom
— Matt Ferner (@matthewferner) November 2, 2016
Doe was rumored to have been exploring a career in modeling. While networking, she says she attended parties at Jeffrey Epstein’s home in 1994. Epstein has a reputation for throwing controversial parties.
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,’’ Trump said. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it ― Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
The suit claims that Trump and Epstein tied her to a bed and raped her.
The story, which is not new, has received very little mainstream media coverage. Reporters–even those from unabashedly left leaning news outlets–came away feeling like the story was a fabrication. Numerous news agencies sent reporters and fact checkers to investigate the claims, and they all came away with insufficient information.
A press conference that was scheduled for Wednesday of this past week was canceled. The woman’s lawyer claims she received numerous death threats. While such threats would be likely in a scenario like this, these claims are problematic as no one, not even investigative reporters from the nation’s leading outlets, has been able to fix the woman’s identity.
Trump continues to deny the claims.