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E. Jean Carroll wears the coat she says she wore when Trump allegedly assaulted her in this New York Magazine cover

E. Jean Carroll's New York Magazine account of an alleged sexual assault by President Trump is stunning enough. Her outfit choice on the cover only adds to it.

In a first-person account published Friday in New York Magazine's The Cut, the longtime Elle columnist recounts a list of "hideous men" she says assaulted her during her life. Among them, Carroll alleges, is Trump, who she says raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman's dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Sometime in 1995 or 1996, Carroll says that she encountered Trump at the store and they went to a dressing room together. Once inside, Carroll writes he opened the overcoat she was wearing, "unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I'm not certain — inside me." The "coatdress still hangs on the back of my closet door, unworn and unlaundered since that evening," Carroll continued — something that changed when she donned it for this New York Magazine cover.

In a Friday statement, the White House said "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." Read Carroll's whole piece at New York Magazine.