Jane Doe Who Accused Trump of Raping Her When She Was 13 Drops Her Suit
The anonymous California woman who accused Donald Trump in a federal lawsuit of raping her in the ’90s when she was 13 has voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit, her attorney said late Friday
Lisa Bloom, the daughter of renowned women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred who was working on the plaintiff’s counsel, posted messages to her social media accounts announcing the news. In them, she sends support to the anonymous woman, who was identified in the suit as “Jane Doe.”
Doe had accused the Republican presidential nominee of raping her during the summer of 1994, allegedly in the home of Jeffrey Epstein — a businessman and convicted sex offender also named in the lawsuit.
“Jane Doe instructed us to dismiss her lawsuit against Trump and Epstein today,” Bloom wrote. “Tough week for her. We wish her well.”
“Every woman makes her own own choice about what is best for her,” Bloom continued. “Life’s a journey. Most of us get stronger as we get older. I respect women.”
It was, in fact, a tough week for Doe. On Wednesday, she was set to go public for the first time in a press conference. But as the press conference was about to begin in Bloom’s California offices, Bloom called it off citing threats to the plaintiff.
In her original lawsuit, Doe claimed that: “Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened me that, were I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trump’s sexual and physical abuse of me, my family and I would be physically harmed if not killed.”
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Alan Garten, vice president and general counsel for the Trump Organization, did not return a previous call for comment to PEOPLE. But Garten has repeatedly and vehemently denied the allegations, telling the New York Daily News they were “categorically untrue, completely fabricated and politically motivated.”
Jane Doe’s legal team was beefed up in the last few weeks, with the additions of high-profile Florida defense attorney Cheney Mason (Casey Anthony’s co-counsel), and veteran New Jersey civil litigation attorney Evan Goldman, according to court filings. Bloom was handling the media aspects of the case since both she and the plaintiff were on the West Coast, Goldman told PEOPLE.
United States District Judge Ronnie Abrams had ordered both sides to appear for an initial status conference on Dec. 16 at U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The lawsuit sought $75,000 in damages.