A woman who sued presidential candidate Donald Trump for child rape four months ago scrapped a press conference where she was expected to speak about her lawsuit.
The woman cited threats after her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, announced the appearance in a press release.
She claims that a series of assaults occurred at parties hosted in New York in 1994 by Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted pedophile. She filed her suit in Manhattan Supreme Court in June.
Lisa Bloom is the daughter of Gloria Allred, a high-profile feminist lawyer. Allred has recently represented several of the women who after the relase of a tape of Trump making lewd comments came forward to accuse Trump of groping them.
BREAKING: woman who sued Donald Trump for child rape breaks her silence today. https://t.co/ecbzZ6jxSUpic.twitter.com/kdCRsG7wIm— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) November 2, 2016
The allegations are “categorically untrue, completely fabricated and politically motivated,” said Alan Garten, vice president and general counsel of the Trump Organization, according to the Daily News.
The Guardian newspaper investigated the lawsuits — another was filed and dismissed in Los Angeles — and published a report in July stating that Norm Lubow, a former producer on the Jerry Springer Show, was behind the lawsuits.
Lubow has a history of “making outlandish claims about celebrities,” the Guardian reported. He also seemed to publicize the lawsuits using a pseudonym — Al Taylor — who tried to sell a video of the woman for $1 million. Al Taylor threatened the Guardian when the publication with a lawsuit when its reporter asked why he was seeking payment for the video.
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