Fact Check: There Is NO Legal Documented Proof That Trump Is A Child Rapist

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: There Is NO Legal Documented Proof That Trump Is A Child Rapist Not Proof

Is there legal documented proof that Donald Trump is a child rapist? No, that's not true: The claim is based on a lawsuit filed in 2016 by a woman who claimed Trump raped her when she was 13 years old. The complaint, which was dismissed months after it was filed, does not serve as "legal documented proof" of a rape, as Lead Stories explained in a previous debunk article titled Fact Check: Jane Doe V. Donald J. Trump And Jeffrey E. Epstein Lawsuit Filing Is NOT Proof Trump Is A Rapist.

The claim appeared in a meme in a post (archived here) shared on July 9, 2020. The post, which included a link to the lawsuit document, read:

There is legal documented proof that Trump is a child rapist

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Aug 14 18:17:03 2020 UTC)

The post's use of the complaint filed in the 2016 case of Jane Doe V. Donald J. Trump And Jeffrey E. Epstein is inaccurate. The complaint cannot be considered "legal document proof" of anything.

You can read more about the case in another previous Lead Stories debunk titled Fact Check: Anonymous Did NOT Expose New Documents About A Lawsuit Accusing Donald Trump Of Rape - The Documents For Case 1:16-cv-04642 Are Old And Publicly Available


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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