Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll told CNN that she’s been receiving death threats since alleging that President Donald Trump assaulted her two decades ago.
“I put my reputation on the line, I put my livelihood on the line and I put my life on the line,” Carroll said on CNN Monday morning. “People have told me I have to be careful.”
In a heartbreakingly graphic first-person account published in New York magazine, Carroll details a time when Trump allegedly sexually assaulted her in a New York City department store dressing room.
While she hasn’t read the reactions herself, loved ones have told Carroll that she has been receiving death threats and hateful comments ever since she went public with her allegations.
Trump has emphatically denied the allegations, claiming to have never even met Carroll. However, that’s wrong, because the two were pictured together in a photograph from a party in 1987 that New York magazine published along with Carroll’s account.
Despite the death threats and denials, Carroll tells CNN she’ll continue the fight to tell her story.
“It’s the only way to change things,” she told CNN. “It is the only way. We have to hold him accountable.”
Carroll writes in her excerpt that she didn’t come forward earlier because “receiving death threats, being driven from my home, being dismissed, being dragged through the mud, and joining the 15 women who’ve come forward with credible stories about how the man grabbed, badgered, belittled, mauled, molested, and assaulted them, only to see the man turn it around, deny, threaten, and attack them, never sounded like much fun.”
From the looks of it, exactly what Carroll feared is happening right now. If you need any more reason as to why women don’t often come forward about experiences with sexual assault, well, here you go.
Trump has been accused of harassment, sexual misconduct and assault by more than a dozen women, who each came forward with detailed accounts. He’s denied all the allegations.
When Carroll’s New York magazine account was brought up, Trump told reporters, “give me a break.”