UPDATE: Trump rape accuser drops federal lawsuit citing death threats

UPDATE — 11/5, 10:51 a.m. EST: Known in court filings only as “Jane Doe”, a woman who accused Donald Trump of raping her as a 13-year old in 1994 canceled a federal lawsuit Friday after failing to appear at a press conference with lawyer Lisa Bloom Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Bloom said her client had received death threats prior to the scheduled meeting with the media.

Both Trump and his lawyers have vehemently denied the charges.

 

A U.S. District Court judge in New York ordered a status conference hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 4, for December in a recently filed lawsuit against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for allegedly raping a 13-year old female in 1994.

Trump himself will reportedly attend the Dec. 16 hearing, where both parties will meet with presiding Judge Ronnie Abrams to discuss how to proceed.

In court papers first filed in June, the plaintiff, “Jane Doe”, accuses Trump and financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein of raping her a combined six times in the summer of 1994 at Epstein’s Upper East Side Manhattan residence.

The complaint goes on to describe how the victim was recruited by a female associate of Epstein’s to attend parties he hosted for young, aspiring models as a way to break into the business.

In graphic detail, Jane Doe describes one of the violent episodes at Epstein’s where she was tied to a bed before being raped by Trump, who slapped her in the face while pleading for him to stop.

A statement by the plaintiff attached to a court refiling Sept. 30 also accuses Trump of threatening her and her family with physical harm and possibly death if she were to tell anyone about the incident.

Witness “Tiffany Doe” who allegedly introduced the plaintiff to Epstein, says that she also saw other underage girls engage in oral sex with Trump around the same time, after which he physically abused them.

In an email to LawNewz, Trump attorney Alan Garten denied there was any merit to the charges, calling them “categorically untrue and an obvious publicity stunt aimed at smearing my client.”

This is now the third time the New York businessman has been publicly accused of rape, dating back to the early 1990s when, according to journalist Harry Hurt III, Trump’s then-wife, Ivana, testified in their divorce trial that he had sexually assaulted her in 1989.

The second allegation was brought forward in 1997, when the girlfriend of a Florida businessman Trump was working with, Jill Harth, filed a lawsuit against the real estate mogul for sexual harassment in two separate incidents in December 1992 and January 1993.

The first time she met Trump, Harth said he repeatedly touched her in an inappropriate manner underneath a restaurant dining table. A month later at his Mar-a-Lago home, Trump allegedly forced Harth into a bedroom and pushed her up against a wall with “his hands all over me. He was trying to kiss me. I was freaking out,” she told The New York Times.

The current complaint against Trump was originally filed by the plaintiff in a California court in April, using the pseudonym “Katie Johnson”. After being thrown out on a technical filing error in May, the lawsuit was refiled with a New York federal court on June 20.

 

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