The president denied this allegation, saying in a statement, “She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section. Shame on those who make up false stories of assault to try to get publicity for themselves, or sell a book, or carry out a political agenda.”
In an interview with The Hill shortly after, the president said Carroll was “totally lying” and added, “I’ll say it with great respect: No. 1, she’s not my type. No. 2, it never happened. It never happened, OK?”
Carroll’s lawsuit asserts these two statements, as well as a third made during the same time period, were false and defamatory.
“I love that. I am so glad I’m not his type. I’m so glad,” Carroll said in response, laughing, in June during an interview with Anderson Cooper.
“He’s denied all 15 women who have come forward. He denies. He turns it around. He threatens, and he attacks,” she later told CNN.