A woman who had accused Donald Trump of raping her when she was 13, and who was represented by a Princeton lawyer, has dropped her case for the second time.
On November 4, attorney Thomas Meagher wrote a one-sentence letter to the Southern District Court of New York saying that his client, identified as Jane Doe, was abandoning the lawsuit.
“Pursuant to F.R.C.P. 41 … of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Plaintiff, by and through her counsel, hereby gives notice that the above-captioned action is voluntarily dismissed against the Defendants,” the letter wrote. There was no further explanation, and Meagher, who is a lawyer for Meagher Emanuel Laks Goldberg & Liao in Palmer Square, did not return phone calls asking for comment. His firm was not involved in the legal action.
The anonymous plaintiff filed the lawsuit in New York in June.
The case was identical to one filed under the name Katie Johnson in California in April, which was dismissed by a judge. The details of the case were shrouded in mystery, with the woman who went by Johnson/Doe only giving one interview before declining all media requests citing death threats against her. In the suit she alleged that she was an aspiring model who traveled to New York alone at age 13 and was recruited in a bus station by a woman who represented Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire investor and convicted pedophile who was friends with Donald Trump and other celebrities.
The suit alleged that she was taken to parties where Trump had sex with her three times, raped her once, and at one point hit her and threatened to kill her. She said there was a witness, another girl who was 12 at the time. The witness also remained anonymous in the lawsuit filings.
Trump’s lawyers denied the allegations in a statement released immediately after the lawsuit was re-filed in June: “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. There is absolutely no merit to these allegations. Period.”
Despite the dismissal of this lawsuit, Trump is not clear of accusations of being a sexual predator. In an infamous video recorded in 2005 and played during the presidential campaign, Trump was caught on a hot mic saying:
“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump said. “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
While Trump dismissed the tape as “locker room talk,” more than a dozen other women have come forward to accuse him of unwanted kissing, groping, and sexual advances.