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Is Donald Trump Facing a Court Case for Allegedly Raping a Teen in 1994?
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Is Donald Trump Facing a Court Case for Allegedly Raping a Teen in 1994?


A viral Instagram post claims that a court case about President Donald Trump allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl will begin on October 14.

The facts are these: in April 2016, an anonymous woman filed charges against Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, claiming the pair had subjected her to “sexual abuse under threat of harm” and “conspiracy to deprvive civil rights.” The suit was reportedly dismissed due to a filing error, but the plaintiff filed a similar suit in New York in June. That suit was then withdrawn after she failed to serve the complaint to either Trump or Epstein. The suit was filed again in late September, accusing Trump and Epstein of subjecting her “to acts of rape, sexual misconduct, criminal sexual acts, sexual abuse, forcible touching, assault, battery, intentional and reckless infliction of emotional distress, duress, false imprisonment, and threats of death and/or serious bodily injury” in 1994. The plaintiff, who was 13 years old at the time the abuse is alleged to have taken place, said that she was promised “money and a modeling career” in exchange for attending parties hosted by Epstein.

Trump attorney Alan Garten told Politico in September 2016 that the case “is categorically untrue. It is completely frivolous. It is baseless. It is irresponsible.” The case was voluntarily dismissed in November.

While Trump was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, the case was dropped before any trial began and such news is four years old. This Instagram post is false. 

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Alec Dent is a former culture editor and staff writer for The Dispatch.