On Friday, the Miami Herald reported that Donald Trump has been accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in a lawsuit filed last week by an unnamed woman who claimed she was the GOP front-runner’s sex slave when she was only 13 years old. Attorneys, however, called the lawsuit “weird” and categorically denied the charges.
“Weird is just one way to describe this lawsuit,” said Trump attorney Alan Garten. “It is unequivocally false; It’s filled with lies. And it’s politically motivated.”
Garten said that after checking, the person listed in the lawsuit is not the same person who filed it. But that’s not the only irregularity.
“The plaintiff’s address is a false address,” he said. “The plaintiff’s phone number is a false number. It’s outrageous.”
Moreover, Garten said, there’s no evidence the person in the lawsuit even exists. Other reports indicate the alleged victim, a woman reportedly identified as Katie Johnson, provided an address in Twentynine Palms, California, that turns out to be an empty, foreclosed property. Garten said that while the address exists, “there is no indication or record that that person” named in the lawsuit “ever resided there.” So, he added, “we believe it is a false address.”
Worse yet, the phone number listed on the lawsuit rings to voicemail and public records indicate it belongs to another person. Garten said there is “no record” the number listed is connected to the person who made the allegations.
Trump is not the only defendant named in the lawsuit. According to the Herald, Palm Beach financier Jeffrey Epstein, a one-time Wall Street prodigy whose taste for underage girls landed him in jail and on Florida’s list of registered sex offenders, is also a defendant. Johnson claims she was assaulted by both men in New York City and was further abused for a four-month period.
The lawsuit says that Johnson was looking for a modeling job in 1994 when she was drawn to Epstein’s residence. It was there she allegedly met the two men. The lawsuit claims they argued over who would take her virginity and Trump won.
Trump knows of Epstein, Garten said. “But it’s not like they hang out,” he added. Epstein was a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, RadarOnline said. Johnson, Breitbart.com said, “has been offering her alleged story to a series of news outlets, and photographs of her have been offered for sale for up to $25,000.” RadarOnline further said that Johnson’s name doesn’t appear in Epstein’s “little black book,” which was seized by the FBI in 2010.
According to Garten, the lawsuit, which seeks $100 million in damages, appears to have been filed by someone with some legal expertise. The paperwork, he said, “was written on legal paper with margins and line numbers. It’s properly captioned. It has no typos. It has footers. It cites statutes.”
“This has all the hallmarks of being drafted by someone with some level of legal background,” he added, “This was filed to not leave fingerprints.”
“The allegations are not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention or, perhaps, are simply politically motivated,” Trump said. “There is absolutely no merit to these allegations. Period.”