WASHINGTON, U.S. - A woman who accused Donald Trump of raping her 22 years ago cancelled a press conference on Wednesday afternoon because she'd been receiving death threats and was ...
• Jane Doe's lawyer said woman was "living in fear"
• Trump has denied all allegations
• Media took notice of charges only after Access Hollywood tape
WASHINGTON, U.S. - A woman who accused Donald Trump of raping her 22 years ago cancelled a press conference on Wednesday afternoon because she'd been receiving death threats and was concerned for her safety.
The unidentified woman, known as Jane Doe or Katie Johnson, which may or may not be her real name, claimed that a series of assaults occurred in 1994 by the Republican presidential nominee at parties hosted by Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted celebrity pedophile in New York, when she was just 13-years-old.
Epstein is a New York financier who pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from a young girl in 2008.
Lisa Bloom, the woman's attorney, told the press on Wednesday that Jane Doe would not be appearing because she was "too afraid to show her face" after receiving numerous death threats just in the hours before the press conference.
"She is living in fear," Bloom said.
"She has decided that she's too afraid to show her face. She's been here all day ready to do it. But unfortunately she's in terrible fear. So we're going to have to reschedule."
Bloom is the daughter of Gloria Allred, a high-profile feminist lawyer.
Allred has recently represented several of the women, who after the release of a tape in which Trump is heard making lewd comments came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct.
Jane Doe's attorney also alleged that her law firm’s website was hacked on the same day as the press conference was scheduled and that Anonymous claimed responsibility on Twitter, according to reports.
“Our firm’s website was reportedly hacked today, as well as emails. Anonymous claims responsibility,” Bloom wrote on Twitter, quoting a tweet from an anonymous account that read “No LiveStream for you Lisa Bloom HA HA HA HA HA.”
However, after Bloom tweeted the news, the usual Anonymous Twitter account (@YourAnonNews) shared a tweet of its own, distancing itself from the other user’s message.
Jane Doe has sued Trump and Epstein twice: First in April in California where the suit was subsequently dismissed, and then in June in the Manhattan Supreme Court, where the lawsuit is ongoing, with the next pretrial hearing set for December 16, less than a month after the presidential elections.
The story was initially ignored by mainstream media. It was only after the leaked Access Hollywood tape surfaced in which Donald Trump is heard bragging about how he likes to grab women “by the p***y,” did news outlets begin to take these allegations more seriously.
Several women have since come forth with their own sordid stories of abuse by the businessman-turned-politician.
The woman, who is now 35, alleges that Trump and Epstein sexually abused her at four of Epstein’s parties at his Upper East Side mansion in New York.
At the fourth and last party she attended, she alleges, Trump raped her.
In her complaint, she claims to have a witness to the rape, “Tiffany Doe,” who recruited young women to the parties with promises of money and a modelling career, and a school friend, “Joan Doe,” to whom she confided her story in the “1994-1995 school year.”
The complaint also states that Trump told her that if she ever revealed what happened, “Plaintiff and her family would be physically harmed if not killed.”
The Republican presidential candidate has denied all charges.
Trump's lawyers have threatened to file for sanctions against the woman’s attorneys if they pursue the suit.
“As I have said again and again, the lawsuit is a complete hoax,” Trump attorney Alan Garten stated.
He said the allegations were “categorically untrue, completely fabricated and politically motivated.”
Trump’s friendship with Epstein has been well documented. Epstein was a member at Mar-a-Lago, and as gossip rags noted in the 90s, Trump was often a guest at Epstein’s New York parties.
"I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,'' Trump told New York Magazine back in 2002.
“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."
Jane Doe's allegations of rape are the most explosive among all the women who've come forward and are the only claims also being made in a court of law.
With Trump already trailing behind Hillary, if the woman does come forward with her story in public, it can have a devastating effect on Trump’s bid for the White House just days from America going to the polls.
Sources in his campaign team fear it will shift the negative attention back on the Republican after he has gained ground against rival Hillary Clinton in recent days, following the FBI's announcement of a renewed investigation into the Democrat candidate's private email server.