President Donald Trump may soon be at the center of another lengthy investigation.
The woman who accused President Trump, 73, of rape, E. Jean Carroll, said she would consider filing a formal complaint with the New York City Police Department during an interview with Alisyn Camerota on CNN & # 39; s New Day.
Carroll, 76, revealed this change of heart just two days after New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, promised to conduct an in-depth investigation into her claims after a complaint was ever filed with law enforcement officials.
The writer still expresses his skepticism that something would come of it, but when Camerota asked her the question a second time at the end of the interview, Carroll again stated that she would consider taking formal action.
President Trump has denied Carroll's allegations and claims that he has never even met the writer. He also accuses her of using his celebrity to sell copies of her upcoming memoir, What Do We Need Me For? A modest proposal.
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Change of heart: E. Jean Carroll said in an interview on Monday (above) that she would consider making an official complaint to the NYPD accusing President Trump of rape
Nemesis: Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Saturday: "The moment we have a complaint in New York City and our police, we will investigate it immediately & # 39; (the Blasio above in November 2016 outside Trump Tower)
Mayor de Blasio was in South Carolina on the weekend as he stepped up his performances in the run-up to the first debate in the presidential primary season.
There he was asked about Carroll's allegations, the day after her story first came in New York.
& # 39; As soon as we have a complaint in New York City and our police station, we will investigate it immediately. We will discover the truth, & de Blasio said.
He also called her allegations & # 39; the most serious charge & # 39 ;.
Those words seem to make Carroll change his mind, who was still skeptical about a formal complaint that led to possible repercussions for President Trump.
There was a five-year statute when Carroll claimed, however, that she was being abused, which was later lifted by lawmakers in 2006 for all reports of first-degree rape.
In New York a person can be accused of that most serious offense by forcing & # 39; the victim to use physical force or the threat of immediate death, physical injury or abduction & # 39 ;, engaging in sexual intercourse with a person who & # 39; is unable to consent due to reason, & # 39; or if the person is a minor.
However, the Supreme Court ruled in Stronger v. California that even if the statute of restrictions for reporting a crime has been changed by legislators, a person cannot be retroactively convicted of a crime.
This would not have been the case if Carroll had reported the alleged attack on the police at that time, but it was clear that she had not informed law enforcement.
When she asked on New Day if she regretted it, Carroll said: & I cannot repeat it. You can't go back and play it again. I cannot be the terminator. No. Do you know? All I can do is learn to move forward and speak out to try to change things. & # 39;
She also revealed that she still blamed herself for the incident as recently as 2016, which is part of why she didn't come forward with her allegations, Carroll said.
& # 39; (Other women) came forward. They were, you know, an army of women came forward. So I sat down and left them, & # 39; she explained on the program.
& # 39; I also thought it was my mistake. And if I would come forward, I'd have to say I was stupid, I was a shit, I allowed this. My state of mind was not the best. & # 39;
Talk then turned to the dress and the possibility of some DNA, with Carroll confirming that she had not washed the item of clothing, but also stated: & I don't know if the president has ejaculated. I have no idea. & # 39;
Then the conversation was about submitting a possible report, which Carroll initially shot, as she had done in previous interviews.
& # 39; The largest police station in the world. The detectives are great in New York. The point is, it's past time, & Carroll said.
& # 39; Experts I have spoken with, and they say we have passed the law (statute. & # 39;
She added: & I would consider it. But the experts tell me that. & # 39;
When asked if she had a lawyer, Carroll said she had reached otu for no one, but that they had contacted her, and many had shown that the image of limitations was over.
A few minutes later, while the interview was being packed, she was asked again whether she would consider "pursuing a genuine legitimate matter through the New York City police". in the wake of the mayor's statement.
& # 39; I would consider it, & # 39; said Carroll.
On Friday, Carroll said she would not consider indictment in an interview on MSNBC.
& # 39; I would find it disrespectful to the women on the border who are raped all day without any protection, & # 39; said Carroll.
& # 39; They are young women. These women have very little protection there and it would just be disrespectful. & # 39;
And while she also described what happened as & # 39; a fight & # 39; and said it hurt & # 39; and & # 39; against my will & # 39 ;, she still feels she was able to handle the situation.
& # 39; Mine was three minutes, I am a mature woman, I can handle it, I can continue. My life has gone on, I'm a happy woman, & Carroll explained.
& # 39; But for the women down there, and for the women actually all over the world, this is going on in any culture, no matter how high society is or low in society, it just seems disrespectful, it just makes no sense for me. & # 39;
O & # 39; Donnell asked her to talk about the consequences of the event and how she could handle the alleged attack and eventually move on.
It doesn't hurt at all. It hurt a bit that day, but I very quickly – or I think soon – I think I got over it very quickly, & # 39; Carroll told O & # 39; Donnell.
& # 39; Because my whole business is behind you, enjoy life. Go enjoy life, it's a Smorgasbord. Live an adventurous life, do not lock yourself in the house. Let's go Jean. Get up, don't be nonsense. Let's go. & # 39;
Her claims do share a number of similarities with President Trump's remarks about the infamous & # 39; p **** gate tape & # 39; and allegations by Ivana Trump, who accused her ex-husband of rape, but then fell back on that allegation.
Carroll, now 75, whose advice column has appeared in Elle for the past 26 years, claims that she was sexually assaulted by Trump in her new book What Do We Need Men For? A modest proposal.
She has shared the story – and five others – with New York in a piece that also explains how Les Moonves reportedly enchanted her in an elevator and refers to an incident of sexual misconduct involving her former boss Roger Ailes.
She appears on the cover of the magazine in the same coat she claimed to wear on that day in the fall of 1995 or the spring of 1996, when a chance meeting with Trump was reportedly an assault.
Trump was said to have married Marla Maples at that time and Carroll is now the 16th woman accusing the president of sexual misconduct.
He also recently welcomed a fourth child in 1993, daughter Tiffany.
The White House responded to Carroll's allegations by stating: & # 39; This is a completely false and unrealistic story that pops up 25 years after the alleged occurrence and is simply made to make the president appear bad. & # 39;
A heated Trump later explained this statement with his own comments on Friday afternoon.
& # 39; I have never met this person in my life. She is trying to sell a new book – that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction part, & Trump said.
& # 39; Be ashamed of those who come up with false stories to try to get publicity for themselves, or to sell a book, or to set up a political agenda. & # 39;
He further noted the lack of evidence, in particular that there were no eyewitnesses or video footage of the alleged attack.
He added: & # 39; Ms. Carroll & New York Magazine: No photos & # 39; s? No supervision? No video? No reports? No sales staff around ?? I want to thank Bergdorf Goodman for confirming that they have no video footage of such an incident because it never happened. & # 39;
Carroll recorded a photo in which Trump told her at an event in the article, to which he replied: & # 39; Standing with my coat on a line. Give me a break. With my back to the camera. & # 39;
Carroll claims she was on her way to the store when Trump asked her for help with a gift and led her to the lingerie department.
She also notes that he looked handsome on the day in question and wrote: & # 39; I'm surprised how handsome he is. We have met each other before and maybe it is the dim light, but it looks better than ever. & # 39;
Carroll was currently working on a daily talk show called Ask E Jean for Ailes' Talking cable network, attracting Trump & # 39; s attention.
& # 39; Hey, you are that advice lady! & # 39; said Trump according to Carroll.
That was allegedly followed by a request from the real estate developer, whose Trump Tower is only one block south of Bergdorf Goodman.
& # 39; Come and advise me. I have to buy a gift, & said Trump, Carroll said, trying to pinpoint some ideas in the store's main lobby.
When they were all fired by Trump, she asked about the age of the woman he was looking for, which led him to ask her the same question.
She was 52 at the time, two years older than Trump, and when she told him he was allegedly laughing and said, "You are so old."
He then said & # 39; lingerie & # 39 ;, according to Carroll, and the couple went upstairs to that ward.
Once there, Carroll claims that she is trying to spread repeated attempts to get her to model a wearing model by trying Trump in a nearby dressing room.
It was when they went to one of those rooms that the alleged attack took place.
& # 39; As soon as the dressing room door is closed, he falls to me, pushes me against the wall, hits my head pretty badly and puts his mouth to my lips. I'm so shocked that I put him back and smile again, & Carroll writes.
& # 39; He grabs both of my arms and pushes me a second time against the wall, and while I am aware of how tall he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and puts his hand under my coat and pulls my tights. & # 39;
She continues: & # 39; I am surprised at what I am going to write: I keep smiling. The next moment, still dressed in the right business clothes, shirt, tie, jacket, overcoat, he opens the overcoat, unzips his pants and pushes his fingers around my private area, pushes his penis halfway – or not at all, I'm not sure – in me. & # 39;
Carroll claims that she fought against Trump before she could flee the dressing room and the store.
She did not report the alleged attack on the police, but told two friends she said and since then she has saved the dress.
The first, which is not mentioned but is described as a & # 39; a journalist, a magazine writer, correspondent on the TV morning shows, author of many books & # 39 ;, said & # 39; He raped you. He raped you. Go to the police! I'm going with you. We will go together. & # 39;
The second, a New York anchor woman, answered: & # 39; Don't tell anyone. Never mind! He has 200 lawyers. He will bury you. & # 39;
New York spoke to those friends and noted that & # 39; both still clearly remember the incident and confirmed their bills & # 39 ;.
Carroll also acknowledged the fact that it took her 25 years to share her story, with a few reasons she hesitated to come forward.
& # 39; Receiving death threats, being driven out of my house, being fired, being dragged through the mud, and becoming a member of the 15 women who have presented credible stories of how the man grabbed them, darted them, made them small, maltreated, molested and maltreated, just to see how the man turned it around, denied it, threatened it and attacked it, it never sounded as much fun, & Caroll explained.
& # 39; I am also a coward. & # 39;
She now joins a list of accusers, including: Jessica Leeds, Kristin Anderson, Jill Harth, Cathy Heller, Temple Taggart McDowell, Karena Virginia, Melinda McGillivray, Rachel Crooks, Natasha Stoynoff, Jessica Drake, Ninni Laaksonen, Summer Zervos, Juliet Huddy, Alva Johnson and Cassandra Searles.
Her decision to remain silent is a bit of a surprise, given that she led Hideous Men trips around New York, where she stops at Trump Tower.
Other stops are the Fox News studios & # 39; s and Rockefeller Center.
However, it is Trump who most closely resembles Carroll, because he is her & # 39; last horrible man & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; Since that evening, the Donna Karan jacket dress is still hanging on the back of my wardrobe door, unworn and unpainted, & Carroll reveals.
& # 39; And whether it is my age, the fact that in the last few decades I have never met anyone fascinating enough to & # 39; to feel the juice that comes up, like Tom Wolfe said, or that it is the stain of the real estate magnate, I can't say. But I never had sex with anyone again. & # 39;
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