A woman who has alleged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raped her when she was a child canceled a Los Angeles news conference Wednesday at which she had planned to reveal her identity.
The woman is known only as Jane Doe in court papers received “numerous threats” and was afraid to go public, her attorney, Lisa Bloom, told reporters.
“She has been here all day, ready to do it, but unfortunately she is in terrible fear. We’re going to have to reschedule. I apologize to all of you who came. I have nothing further,” the Guardian quoted Bloom, who hosts a Court TV talk show, as saying.
Trump attorney Alan Garten called the lawsuit flimsy and politically motivated, the New York Daily News reported.
“The entire thing is a hoax designed to discredit my client and interfere with the election,” Garten said.
Jane Doe claims she was raped by Trump when she was 13 in 1994. She said she was attacked four times at parties hosted by a friend of Trump’s, disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. She also accused Epstein, who was convicted of sex crimes with underage girls in Florida in 2008, of rape.
Jane Doe has filed a civil lawsuit. An initial status conference is set for Dec. 16 in New York before U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams.
Trump has denied the allegations, saying they are designed to smear him ahead of next Tuesday’s election. He called them “categorically false” and “disgusting.”
The Huffington Post reported the lawsuit contains affidavits from two women who say they witnessed the rapes.
The lawsuit was filed before the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump is heard bragging he can get away with anything when it comes to women because he’s rich and famous. After that tape surfaced about a dozen women came forward, saying Trump has forced himself on them, kissing and touching them without permission.