In the wake of the explosive leaked 2005 video featuring GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump bragging about trying to have sex with a married woman and how he felt entitled to grab any woman’s “p*ssy” because he’s a “star,” many Trump supporters still defend him.
Many Trump supporters excuse their candidate’s remarks, rationalizing that “words are only words” and that Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, is accused of doing much worse. And of course, no one kisses orange ass quite like Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
However, there is a little-publicized 100 million-dollar federal lawsuit pending in New York state which could turn that defense upside down.
In the suit, a woman alleges that Trump raped her — when she was only 13 years old — at an upscale party held at a residence in New York’s posh Upper East Side in 1994.
The proprietor of that residence was a man named Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire businessman known for throwing ultra-exclusive parties, often featuring underaged sex slaves.
In 2008, Epstein was convicted of soliciting sex from an underage girl and is now a level three sex offender.
“In 2008, Epstein was sentenced to 18 months for his crimes by the state of Florida. He ‘could have been charged with multiple federal counts of sexual exploitation of minors, resulting in much harsher penalties,’ the Palm Beach Daily News reported in 2010 when Epstein was finishing up his prison stay. He served in a segregated, vacant wing of the county stockade. Epstein, the newspaper said, ‘was let out on work release six days a week for up to 16 hours a day.'”
While Trump’s attorney Alan Garten told VICE that the candidate had “no relationship” with Epstein, court records and media reports show that Trump was a regular at the sex offender’s New York parties and frequently flew on Epstein’s private plane.
“‘I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,’ Trump once said about the convicted sex offender. ‘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.'”
Here’s an excerpt of the sworn testimony from Trump’s unidentified accuser, known only in court records as “Jane Doe.”
“Defendant Trump initiated sexual contact with Plaintiff at four different parties. On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied Plaintiffto 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. Defendant Trump responded to Plaintiff’s pleas by violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted.Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened Plaintiff that, were she ever to reveal any of the details of the sexual and physical abuse of her by Defendant Trump, Plaintiff and her family would be physically harmed if not killed.”
In court, Epstein testified under oath to “socializing” with Trump, but things got very interesting when the lawyer of Epstein’s under-aged victim asked a specific question.
“Q: Have you ever had a personal relationship with Donald Trump?
A. What do you mean by “personal relationship,” sir?
Q. Have you socialized with him?
A. Yes, sir.
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Have you ever socialized with Donald Trump in the presence of females under the age of 18?
A: Though I’d like to answer that question, at least today I’m going to have to assert my Fifth, Sixth, and 14th Amendment rights, sir.“
The trial is set to start in December; should Trump win the presidency, the national embarrassment of having an elected president take the stand or give testimony in a rape trial would be beyond description.
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