Donald J. Trump
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, December 30, 2015. Reuters/Randall Hill

Donald Trump has been accused of raping a 13-year-old girl more than 20 years ago. The US Republican frontrunner allegedly forced himself on an underage girl on four occasions in 1994, according to legal documents filed in June.

The unnamed girl has sued Trump and American financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is a registered sex offender, for rape, sexual misconduct, criminal sexual acts, sexual abuse, forcible touching, assault, battery, intentional and reckless infliction of emotional distress, duress, and false imprisonment. According to the lawsuit filed by the girl, who is now in her 30s, both Trump and Epstein knew she was just 13 years old at that time.

The events apparently took place at several parties held by Epstein at his residence in Manhattan in 1994. The girl was promised money and a modelling career to attend the parties. The offer was also said to be given to other minor females. Trump is accused of initiating sexual contact with the plaintiff at four different parties.

On the fourth and final incident, Trump tied the girl to a bed, exposed himself to her, and then proceeded to rape her. When the girl pleaded with Trump to stop, the presidential candidate allegedly responded to her please by violently striking her in the face with his open hand, screaming at her that he would do whatever he wanted.

After the rape, Trump apparently threatened the girl to never reveal the rape or else her family would be harmed or killed.

The lawsuit claimed that Epstein raped the girl as well, and attempted to strike her on the head while screaming at her. Epstein was apparently incensed that Trump took the girl’s virginity when it should have been him who had taken it. Epstein also threatened the girl not to tell anyone about the assaults.

A witness, hidden under the pseudonym Tiffany Doe in the lawsuit, supported the alleged victim’s statement, saying she was raped by the defendants as well. She said she was hired by Epstein to recruit adolescent girls to attend his parties, and that she witnessed the plaintiff, called by the pseudonym Jane Doe, being forced to perform various sexual acts with Trump and Epstein.

“I personally witnessed four sexual encounters that the Plaintiff was forced to have with Mr Trump during this period, including the fourth of these encounters where Mr Trump forcibly raped her despite her pleas to stop,” the witness’ declaration reads.

The plaintiff has asked the court to disregard the state’s five-year statute of limitation, which has long since run. She argued that she has been under duress all this time because she was threatened by the defendants.

The Daily Mail reported in April that the plaintiff filed the lawsuit in April, though the case was dismissed for technical filing errors. The woman has obtained a lawyer and refiled the case in New York.

Trump’s attorney Alan Garten called the allegations “categorically false” and “disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention or, more likely, are politically motivated."

“To be clear, there is absolutely no merit to these claims and, based on our investigation, no evidence that the person who has made these allegations actually exists,” the lawyer said.