In Candid Interview, E. Jean Carroll Describes Allegation Of Trump’s Sexual Assault

WARWICK, NEW YORK - JUNE 21,2019: E. Jean Carroll at her home in Warwick, NY. (Photo by Eva Deitch for The Washington Post)
WARWICK, NEW YORK - JUNE 21,2019: E. Jean Carroll at her home in Warwick, NY. (Photo by Eva Deitch for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll recounted her alleged sexual assault at President Donald Trump’s hands on CNN Monday, saying that she wants “women to know” that she “fought” and that it was “100 percent” against her will.

“He pulled down my tights. And it was a fight,” she told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “I want women to know that I did not stand there. I did not freeze. I was not paralyzed, which is a reaction that I could have had because it’s so shocking. No, I fought. And it was over very quickly. It was against my will — 100 percent.”

When Camerota later asked Carroll if she thought more women should speak out about their assaults, the writer was candid.

“See, now it’s a ball of confusion,” Carroll said, throwing up her hands. “Friday, yes, women should stand up and change the culture by speaking out. Now — now it’s tough. It’s tough,” she added after referencing an onslaught of reaction online, most of which she said she had avoided reading.

“Let’s say a woman who lives in Atlanta or Texas,” she continued. “She wants to tell the police about her husband. But that would have reverberations for her children, children her children go to school with, her church, her friends. Maybe you and I can come up with a plan to help women speak out without losing everything.”

Carroll recounted the alleged assault in an excerpt of her upcoming book published in New York magazine on Friday. She says that he assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s. Trump denies the accusations and even knowing Carroll, though the article includes a picture of the two of them together.

According to a Vox count, Carroll is at least the 22nd woman to publicly accuse Trump of sexual assault or harassment.

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  1. I saw her on Morning Joy. I feel bad because this isn’t going to make a lick of difference and she’s just going to be vilified or ignored.

  2. [quote]Bush: It better not be the publicist. No, it’s, it’s her, it’s —

    Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.

    Bush: Whatever you want.

    Trump: Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.[/quote]

  3. “Let’s say a woman who lives in Atlanta or Texas,” she continued. “She wants to tell the police about her husband. But that would have reverberations for her children, children her children go to school with, her church, her friends.

    
    Yeah, women need to go to the police and be proactive in protecting themselves:
    
    BY ALEJANDRO DE LA GARZA 
     JUNE 23, 2019
    A woman in Florida was arrested for theft June 15 after turning her husband’s guns over to police. She was reportedly afraid for her life.
    
    Courtney Irby, 32, of Bartow, Fla. allegedly went to her husband’s home on June 15, took two of his guns, and brought them to the Lakeland Police Department. This happened while her estranged husband, Joseph Irby, was in jail for allegedly trying to hit her with a car. He was arrested June 14 on domestic violence charges.
    
    After Courtney Irby turned over the weapons, authorities arrested her and charged her with two counts of grand theft and one count of armed burglary.
    
    https://time.com/5612834/florida-woman-arrested-guns-police/
  4. I had to Google her over the weekend because never heard of her before.
    I found this great Charlie Rose interview where she and Jimmy Breslin were talking about the relationship between women and men in 1995. Yes, she looked pretty damn good back then also:

  5. Violent patriarchy, it is a concrete thing.

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