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'There are no surprises': why a rape allegation is unlikely to cause Trump much damage

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New York: A prominent writer goes public to accuse the President of the United States of raping her in a department store dressing room. In theory, this should be an explosive, probably career-ending, allegation.

For most politicians it would be.

But when it comes to Donald Trump, there is no guarantee the accusation made by columnist E Jean Carroll will cause him any serious damage. It's possible we won't even be talking about it a week from now.

Carroll's story, detailed in a piece published by New York magazine, may catch fire in coming days, but the initial response to her allegations was remarkably muted.

Twelve hours after the story broke, it was nowhere to be seen on The New York Times home page, for example.

Accuser E. Jean Carroll on the cover New York magazine.

This is despite Carroll being the 16th woman to publicly accuse Trump of sexual assault and the especially detailed, disturbing nature of her allegations.

As Megan Twohey, one of the reporters who........

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