When E. Jean Carroll went public with her allegations against the president in June, she said she wouldn't be taking legal action and shared her thinking: "I would find it disrespectful to the women who are down on the border who are being raped around the clock down there without any protection," she said on MSNBC. Now, a possible about-face. Carroll told the Daily Beast on Monday that "people" are advising her to press charges, and she's considering doing so. "If I get a really smart attorney, we might be able to get around [the statute]. I'll be exploring it."
She alleges the sexual assault happened 23 years ago, well before 2006, when New York did away with its statute of limitations against first-degree rape; as such, the five-year limit applies, reports New York magazine. It flags a Mother Jones article from June that looked at difficulties in pursuing a case beyond just the timing element, among them the fact that there are apparently no witnesses to the alleged crime. (Read more E. Jean Carroll stories.)