There is one person who seems surprisingly unfazed by the sexual assault claim being leveled against Donald Trump.
Marla Maples, who was married to the now-president at the time of the alleged incident, avers that she is “so happy” as Trump continues to face accusations of sexual assault from writer E. Jean Carroll.
Maples unconcerned with Trump allegations
Maples, with whom Trump had his fourth child — Tiffany — in 1993, posted images to Instagram over the weekend in which she can be seen doing various yoga poses by a pool in Bridgehampton, New York.
In one, the 55-year-old is doing a sort of handstand on her elbows; in another, she is doing the same type of handstand with her legs scissored.
Attached to the pictures was a caption that read: “Always doing #yoga somewhere in the world. Committing to a daily practice that feeds the mind, body & soul should be celebrated everyday. So happy.
That day, Maples also shared photos and videos from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, where she spent time with daughter Tiffinay and billionaire boyfriend Michael Boulos.
“A day at the zoo with the kids,” read one caption.
Claims of sexual assault
Maples was married to Trump at the time that Carroll, the author of an advice column that has been published for decades by Elle, claims that he sexually assaulted her. That was either in the fall of 1995 or the spring of 1996, according to Carroll.
Carroll claims that in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room, where she had a chance encounter with Trump, the now-president forced her up against a wall and penetrated her over the course of about three minutes. Carroll says that she told two friends about the incident, but decided against reporting it to the police.
The 75-year-old recently posed for New York Magazine wearing the outfit she claims that she was wearing on the day of the attack.
Trump fires back
The president has denied the allegation and even says he doesn’t know Carroll. She made the allegations public just as a new book of hers is being released, and Trump, along with others, thinks the work’s release may have something to do with her allegations.
“I’ve never met this person in my life,” Trump said. “She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section.”
Following this, Trump was confronted with a photograph of him with Carroll in the early 1980s. The president responded:
[I’m] standing with my coat on in a line, give me a break, with my back to the camera. I have no idea who she is. It’s a total false accusation, and I don’t know anything about her, and she’s made this charge against others, and you know, people have to be careful because they’re playing with very dangerous territory, and when they do that and it’s happening more and more. When you look at what happened to justice Kavanaugh and you look at what’s happening to others, you can’t do that for the sake of publicity.
Trump has also said that such false accusations “diminish the severity of real assault” and should be “condemned.”