The anonymous woman behind a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of raping her when she was an underage teen said she was too scared to go public with her allegations.
The California plaintiff, known only as “Jane Doe,” was scheduled to break her silence in a Wednesday press conference, but backed out at the last minute.
“Jane Doe has received numerous threats today, as have all the Trump accusers that I have represented,” said the woman’s attorney, Lisa Bloom.
“She is living in fear. She has decided that she is too afraid to show her face. She has been here all day, ready to do it, but unfortunately, she’s in terrible fear. So we’re going to have to reschedule. I apologize to all of you who came.”
The plaintiff made long-denied allegations that the Republican presidential nominee sexually assaulted her in New York during a series of sex parties hosted by alleged billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in 1994.
The woman filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court in June. She is scheduled to speak at a Los Angeles press conference this afternoon.
She said she was 13 at the time of the alleged attacks.
“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,” the plaintiff said in an affidavit.
She says that since Trump launched his campaign and received mass media coverage, she has been “subjected to daily painful reminders of the horrific acts.”
A similar lawsuit by the woman was dismissed by a Los Angeles Federal Court in May.
A lawyer who was representing the woman at the time, Thomas Meagher, said the original suit, which she filed without the help of an attorney, was dismissed because it cited statutes that did not apply to the case.