Many other Trump scandals are currently flying through the press, and one by one, Trump manages to evade criticism, seemingly by charging onto the next mess. But one alleged set of events in the Republican nominee’s past won’t be dismissed so easily. Earlier this year, Donald Trump was accused of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl in a lawsuit filed as Jane Doe. She alleges that Trump sexually assaulted her at least four times in 1994, and these incidents reportedly took place at the apartment of financier Jeffery Epstein, who has convictions associated with soliciting underage prostitutes.
This is actually the third time Doe has attempted to file this suit against Trump, and she’s presumably gone the civil route because there are no options left for criminal redress. New York’s statute of limitations law on rape ended five years after Doe turned 18, so revealing her identity for the purpose of a criminal case is a moot issue. Doe recently filed an addendum to her case filing to present a witness, as revealed in her declaration to the court, in which a Joan Doe states the following:
“In the 1994-95 school year, I was told by the plaintiff in Jane Doe v. Trump and Epstein (1:16-cv-04642, SDNY) that the plaintiff was subject to sexual contact by the Defendants at parties in New York City during the summer of 1994.”
Trump’s attorney in this case, Alan Garten, told Dan Abrams’ LawNewz that all of Doe’s “allegations are categorically untrue,” and this case is simply an attempt to smear Trump. Further, Garden intends to move for sanctions (while arguing that the case is frivolous) if the case proceeds. Well, a federal judge has decided that this civil case will go forward against Trump with a December conference hearing.
This timing of the hearing (the wheels of justice are always slow) postpones any progression of this case until after the election, which is only the latest difficulty faced in this case. No DNA evidence exists, and Doe never reported Trump to the police after the alleged incidents. However, the case revolves around how Doe and other girls were allegedly kept at Epstein’s apartment, which could explain a lack of both hospital and police department visits. Donald Trump has faced many lawsuits in his time (including several current ones), but this one isn’t going away anytime soon.