Just minutes before it was set to begin, “Jane Doe” canceled a press conference in which she was supposed to brief reporters on her allegations that Trump raped her when she was 13 years old. “We’re going to have to reschedule. I apologize to all of you who came. I have nothing further,” Los Angeles based attorney Lisa Bloom told the crowd of reporters who were gathered at her office.
Lisa Bloom cancels press conference said Jane Doe against Trump accuser has received threats and is too scared pic.twitter.com/et5HnhfOJk
— Claudia Rosenbaum (@CJRosenbaum) November 2, 2016
“We’re going to have to reschedule. I apologize to all of you who came. I have nothing further.” @LisaBloom press conference is off.
— Irin Carmon (@irin) November 2, 2016
Doe reportedly received several threats after news spread that she was going to appear publicly with her allegations. Her new attorney, Lisa Bloom, has represented several high-profile clients, including another woman, Jill Harth, who also claims Trump sexually assaulted her. Up until now, “Doe” has used a pseudonym due to what she calls the “highly sensitive and personal nature of the claim.” In October, she filed a lawsuit against Trump, claiming that he raped her in the 1990s at one of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous Manhattan parties.
The amended complaint filed in U.S. District Court in New York says:
“Defendant Trump initiated sexual contact with Plaintiff at four different parties.On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied Plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff. During the course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but with no effect.”
However, some have become skeptical of the woman’s claims. And, in fact, this is the third attempt the plaintiff has made in filing this particular lawsuit. Trump has repeatedly denied that anything occurred.
“As I have said before, the allegations are categorically untrue and an obvious publicity stunt aimed at smearing my client,” Alan Garten, Trump’s attorney, told LawNewz.com previously, “In the event we are actually served this time, we intend to move for sanctions for this frivolous filing.”
Judge Ronnie Abrams (who also happens to be the sister of LawNewz.com founder Dan Abrams) has called for a status conference hearing on December 16, 2016 (well after the election) at 11:30 am at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She’s asked for both sides to provide information that could assist the Court in advancing the case to settlement or trial.
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