Donald Trump’s rape lawsuit has some new firepower in the corner of Trump’s accuser, a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Trump when she was a 13-year-old in the early 1990s.
The civil case making its way through a New York court claims that a woman identified as Jane Doe was raped by Trump in 1994, when the woman was a young teenager. The woman had previously pulled the case but had re-filed it and included two new witnesses, both of whom are remaining anonymous.
The Donald Trump rape case is now moving closer to a court date, the Independent noted. Federal Judge Ronnie Abrams ordered a status hearing for December 16 in New York, which will allow both sides the chance to present information that will determine whether the case will actually move ahead to trial.
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Donald Trump’s legal team has been steadfast in denying the rape allegations.
“As I have said before, the allegations are categorically untrue and an obvious publicity stunt aimed at smearing my client,” Trump attorney Alan Garten told LawNewz. “In the event we are actually served this time, we intend to move for sanctions for this frivolous filing.”
There could be some new firepower in the cast against Donald Trump. LawNewz also reported that high-powered attorney Cheney Mason had signed on to represent the woman accusing Trump. Mason is best known for serving as the attorney for Florida mother Casey Anthony, who was ultimately acquitted of killing her daughter in one of the biggest trials of the last decade.
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The lawsuit also connects Donald Trump to Jeffrey Epstein, the controversial billionaire who allegedly ran a sex ring where he brought young girls to a circle of rich and powerful men. He was convicted of soliciting an underage prostitute and settled out of court with 17 underage victims.
Many around the Trump campaign had tried to hit Bill Clinton for his relationship with Epstein, but Trump has been close to the billionaire as well and even praised him in a 2002 profile published in New York Magazine.
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump said at the time. “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.”
Trump has since gone on to deny having a personal relationship with Epstein, with his spokeswoman telling The Daily Caller that “Mr. Trump only knows [Epstein] socially through the Mar-a-Lago Club, one of the finest private clubs in the world.”
Epstein himself has said otherwise, the Daily Caller noted, but he did not elaborate on any interactions between the two billionaires.
“When put under oath, Epstein admitted that he had ‘socialized’ with Trump. But Epstein chose to exercise his Fifth Amendment rights when asked: ‘Have you ever socialized with Donald Trump in the presence of females under the age of 18?’ Epstein similarly pleaded the fifth when asked about his relationship to Bill Clinton.
“Trump rode on Jeffrey Epstein’s private plane at least once, according to the deposition of Mark Epstein, Jeffrey’s brother. That number pales, however, to Bill’s 26 trips on the ‘Lolita Express.'”
So far, Donald Trump’s rape lawsuit has not come up as a major issue in the 2016 presidential election. While some Hillary Clinton supporters have noted the accusations against Trump, the Clinton campaign itself has largely steered clear of the issue. And it may remain that way — the next time the case heads to court will be in December, more than a month after Election Day.
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