Donald Trump has said that a woman who claimed to have been raped by him more than 20 years ago is "not my type".

The US president made the comment as he again denied an alleged sexual assault on the journalist E Jean Carroll.

The New York-based advice columnist claims Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a dressing room at a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s. Photo / Getty Images.
The New York-based advice columnist claims Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a dressing room at a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s. Photo / Getty Images.

Carroll said the incident happened in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman a luxury New York department store in the mid-1990s.

She claimed Trump pulled down her tights against her will and raped her. Trump has categorically denied the claim.

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Donald Trump has denied raping the author E Jean Carroll, the latest woman to accuse him of sexual assault, partly on the basis that
Donald Trump has denied raping the author E Jean Carroll, the latest woman to accuse him of sexual assault, partly on the basis that "she's not my type". Photo / Getty Images.

Interviewed by The Hill, the US political newspaper, Trump said: "I'll say it with great respect: Number one, she's not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?"

Asked if she was lying, Trump said "totally lying" and added: "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."

The allegation against Trump by E. Jean Carroll is included in her upcoming book about the
The allegation against Trump by E. Jean Carroll is included in her upcoming book about the "hideous men" that the Elle magazine columnist says she has encountered. Photo / Getty Images.

Speaking to CNN, Carroll reacted to Trump's comment by saying: "I love that I'm not his type." She said of the incident: "It was against my will, and it hurt, and it was a fight."

Caroll also generated headlines by saying that "most people think of rape as being sexy" – a remark that came as she said the word rape carried "so many sexual connotations".

Carroll detailed the claim about Trump and other allegations of assault in her new book, exerts of which were run in New York Magazine last week.

A senior White House official said at the time: "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."