On Monday, May 2, 2022, Joe Tacopina, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump, questioned E. Jean Carroll, a longtime Elle Magazine columnist who accused Trump of rape in the mid-1990s.
Tacopina confronted Carroll with the idea that her rape story bears a remarkable similarity to an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which was broadcast in 2012.
Carroll’s alleged rape by Trump occurred in the Bergdorf-Goodman dressing room. Carroll accused Trump of assaulting her in the department store’s lingerie section.
According to Carroll’s account of the alleged incident, Trump allegedly asked her to try something on for him, after which he allegedly raped her.
Trump one of the ‘most hideous men’ in Caroll’s life
Carroll’s story came to light when she promoted her book, What Do We Need Men For? in 2019. According to the book, Trump was one of the “most hideous men” in Carroll’s life.
Trump has consistently denied the allegations and has criticized Carroll’s accusation as part of a political attack.
According to him, a “Democrat megadonor” is backing Carroll, who was able to pursue her case due to the Adult Survivors Act, which went into effect in November 2021.
Story has a strong resemblance to an episode of Law & Order
During the confrontation on Monday, Tacopina pointed out that Carroll’s description of the alleged incident is similar to the plot of the 2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode titled “Theatre Tricks.”
The character in the episode talks about a “fantasy” in Bergdorf Goodman, the same store where Carroll claims the alleged incident occurred.
The character in the episode states, “Role-play took place in the dressing room of Bergdorf’s. While she was trying on lingerie, I would burst in.”
According to Carroll, she was in the lingerie section with Trump, and he allegedly assaulted her in the dressing room.
Carroll denies watching the show but admits to being ‘aware’ of it
When Tacopina brought up the similarities between Carroll’s story and the Law & Order episode, Carroll denied watching the show but admitted to being “aware” of it.
According to the New York Post, Carroll stated that the similarities between her story and the show’s plot were “amazing.”
Tacopina also questioned Carroll about her failure to report the alleged incident to the police. Carroll did not call the police after the alleged incident, although she had once called the police to report children hitting the mailbox at a home where she was staying.
Tacopina asked Carroll why she would call the police for a mailbox but not for a personal attack. Carroll responded that women of her generation were taught to “keep our chins up and not to complain.”
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Would you sleep with Trump for $17,000?
Tacopina also mentioned an August 2012 social media post where Carroll asked, “Would you have [relations] with Donald Trump for $17,000? Even if you could a) give the money to charity? b) close your eyes? And he’s not allowed to speak.”
Tacopina questioned Carroll about the post, asking her if she had joked about sleeping with Trump for money. Carroll replied, “Yes.”
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Democrat ‘megadonor’ Hoffman is funding Carroll’s case
Breitbart News previously reported that Democrat megadonor Reid Hoffman is funding Carroll’s case. Hoffman has stated that he would “spend as much as I possibly can, and it takes and is effective [to beat Trump].”
Carroll’s lawsuit against Trump is one of many lawsuits and investigations against him. Trump has denied all allegations of wrongdoing and has criticized his opponents for using the allegations to attack him politically.
The case is ongoing, and its outcome remains to be seen.
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