The woman suing Donald Trump for allegedly raping her when she was 13 years old announced that she would speak publicly for the first time at a press conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon. But when the conference was scheduled to start, the woman’s attorney called it off.
On Wednesday morning attorney and legal commentator Lisa Bloom announced that the woman, known only as Jane Doe, would appear at a press conference that afternoon at Bloom’s Woodland Hills law office giving up her anonymity.
“More than four months ago a woman using the pseudonym ‘Jane Doe’ sued Donald Trump for a series of sexual assaults that she alleges occurred at parties in New York in 1994,” Bloom’s press release stated. “Jane Doe was just thirteen years old at the time.”
But when the press conference was scheduled to begin, Bloom, the daughter of famed civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, who herself is representing two of Trump’s accusers, entered the room alone.
“Jane Doe has received numerous threats today, as have all the Trump accusers that I have represented,” said Bloom. “She is living in fear. She has decided that she is too afraid to show her face. She’s been here all day, ready to do it, but unfortunately she is in terrible fear. So we’re going to have to reschedule. I apologise to all of you who came.”
In her lawsuit, Jane Doe alleges that in 1994, when she was just 13 years old, Trump raped her repeatedly at parties thrown by Jeffrey Epstein, a New York financier who was convicted of pedophilia in 2008 that Trump has admitted to knowing.
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump told New York magazine 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.”
Trump has denied all charges.
“I would say the same thing I’ve said a million times,” Trump’s attorney Alan Garten told BuzzFeed News in October. “The allegations are reckless, irresponsible, and categorically untrue.”
A federal judge in New York has ordered counsel for Trump and Epstein to appear in court on December 16.