A woman who claimed Donald Trump sexually assaulted her at a party when she was 13 has dropped her civil lawsuit against the Republican presidential nominee.
The woman’s attorney, Lisa Bloom — the daughter of celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred — says her client, known as “Jane Doe,” requested that the lawsuit be dropped after she failed to appear for a scheduled press conference on Thursday. Bloom said the woman canceled coming forward because she feared for her safety.
New Jersey attorney Thomas Meagher filed the dismissal in a New York City court on Friday afternoon without much explanation. Bloom announced the change late Friday night on Twitter.
Jane Doe instructed us to dismiss her lawsuit against Trump and Epstein today. Tough week for her. We wish her well. https://t.co/dnwCRFrZM5
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) November 5, 2016
Every woman makes her own own choice about what is best for her. Life’s a journey. Most of us get stronger as we get older. I respect women.
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) November 5, 2016
Doe filed the lawsuit in April, in both New York and Los Angeles. She claimed that when she was 13, around 1994, she was forced into sex slavery by Trump’s (and Bill Clinton’s) billionaire pal, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. She alleged that she met Trump four times at Epstein’s Manhattan sex parties and that at one event, Trump propositioned her. When she refused, she claimed, he hit her in the face and then raped her.
Trump denies ever meeting Jane Doe and claims that his relationship with Epstein was purely professional, although this latter claim is contradicted by multiple press reports and the testimony of Mark Epstein. As the Daily Beast reports:
Trump has denied Jane Doe’s claims and his reps have said he barely knew Epstein—even though New York media in the ’90s regularly chronicled his comings-and-goings at Epstein’s Upper East Side palace, and even though Epstein had 14 private numbers for Trump and his family in his little black book.
Donald Trump’s interview to New York magazine goes much further than ‘purely professional’ when it comes to his long-standing friendship with Jeffrey Epstein’.
Epstein likes to tell people that he’s a loner, a man who’s never touched alcohol or drugs, and one whose nightlife is far from energetic. And yet if you talk to Donald Trump, a different Epstein emerges. “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump booms from a speakerphone. “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.”
The routine appearance of Donald Trump at Epstein’s house has been much reported. Vanity Fair said in 2003:
Some of the businessmen who dine with him at his home—they include newspaper publisher Mort Zuckerman, banker Louis Ranieri, Revlon chairman Ronald Perelman, real-estate tycoon Leon Black, former Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold, Tom Pritzker (of Hyatt Hotels), and real-estate personality Donald Trump—sometimes seem not all that clear as to what he actually does to earn his millions.
In 2007, the Daily Mail reported “Epstein’s friends include entrepreneur Donald Trump”. Mark Epstein, Jeffrey’s brother, described the two men as “friends” in a court deposition:
Q. What was your understanding of the relationship of Donald Trump and your brother? A. They were friends.
(Some say that Bill Clinton’s relationship with Epstein was closer, with Clinton traveling on Epstein’s private jet to his notorious island vacation home in the Caribbean. According to the deposition of Mark Epstein, Jeffrey’s brother, in a lawsuit against Epstein cited above, Donald Trump also flew on Epstein’s private jet at least once).
Doe’s case cited two anonymous witnesses as support for her claims.
This is the third time Doe has dropped or lost a civil suit against Donald Trump. The first lawsuit, filed in local court in California under the name “Katie Johnson,” was dropped after Radar Online uncovered holes in “Johnson’s” personal story. The second lawsuit, the one filed in Los Angeles, was dismissed by a Federal judge in May for procedural matters. This third lawsuit, however, had been allowed to go forward by a judge, over the objections of Donald Trump’s lawyers. It had a hearing scheduled for December.
Trump’s lawyers have routinely called the lawsuit “frivolous” and without merit, but these objections did not persuade the judge in the case, who had scheduled the December hearing before the plaintiff withdrew her case.