"I'll say it with great respect: No. 1, she's not my type," Trump told The Hill on Monday. "No. 2, it never happened. It never happened, okay?"
"Totally lying," he continued. "I don't know anything about her. I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her. She is -- it's just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that."
Carroll, who's the 16th woman to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct, responded to his denial, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper, "I love that I'm not his type."
And "The Wire" creator David Simon felt Trump could have made a plethora of better statements. "The moral midgetry that is Donald Trump immediately settles on, 'She's not my type,'" he added. "Ergo: If his type, consider her raped."
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Among the phrases a man falsely accused of sexual assault would utter? "I would never force a woman to have sex against her will," or, "I am not a rapist." The moral midgetry that is Donald Trump immediately settles on, "She's not my type." Ergo: If his type, consider her raped.
In her book, Carroll claims she ran into Trump -- who was still married to second wife Marla Maples at the time -- at Bergdorf's in 1995 or 1996, where he asked her to help him pick out a gift for an unnamed woman. After he asked her to try on lingerie to see how it looked on her, Carroll claims they walked to a fitting room, where she planned on telling him to try it on over his suit as a joke.
"The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips," Carroll writes.
"I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again," she continues. "He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights."
"I am astonished by what I'm about to write: I keep laughing," she adds. "The next moment, still wearing correct business attire, shirt, tie, suit jacket, overcoat, he opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway -- or completely, I'm not certain -- inside me."
According to Carroll, the whole thing lasted no more than three minutes, and she does "not believe he ejaculated."
Two of Carroll's unnamed friends confirmed she told them about the alleged incident when it happened. She says one told her, "He raped you," and pleaded with her to report the alleged incident to police, while the other warned, "Tell no one. Forget it! He has 200 lawyers. He'll bury you."
The day news of Carroll's accusations broke, Trump issued a statement denying the story. He felt Carroll was simply trying to sell books and said she had no evidence. The president also claims he's never even met Carroll, despite the fact that The Cut's excerpt of her book contains a picture of them together at an NBC party in 1987.
The White House released a statement of its own, saying, "This is a completely false and unrealistic story surfacing 25 years after allegedly taking place and was created simply to make the President look bad."
Carroll has also accused former CBS chairman Les Moonves of sexually assaulting her at the Hotel Nikko in Beverly Hills around February of 1997. She claims she had just finished interviewing the exec when he followed her into the elevator and called her "smart" for selecting "an out-of-the-way hotel." She claims he then, "pants bursting with demands," moved on her "like an octopus" -- "his arms squirming and poking and goosing and scooping and pricking and prodding and jabbing, is looking for fissures I don't even know I own."
In September of last year, Moonves stepped down from his position amid multiple accusations of sexual assault.
Like Trump, Moonves also "emphatically denies" Carroll's claims.