When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president last summer, he referred to illegal immigrants from Mexico as "rapists" and "murderers." Since that time, Trump has found himself in a constant state of controversy, with some of his issues having legal ramifications.

Trump trial

Over the last week, headline news has been dominated by the recently released audio tape which exposed Trump's private sexual thoughts about sleeping with a married woman, as well as aggressively grabbing female private parts at will due to his celebrity status. In the days that have followed, questions have been raised about how Trump has treated women in the past, leading many to accuse him of possible sexual assault.

As reported by Raw Story via The Independent on October 12, the trouble surrounding Trump in regards to sexual abuse claims will go all the way to a possible trial.

A lawsuit was filed earlier this year by a woman known only as "Jane Doe," who claims that Trump, along with billionaire and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, tied her up and raped her during the summer of 1994. The complaint filed lists several anonymous witnesses, including one known as "Tiffany Doe," who say they saw the attack themselves, with the victim being listed as just 13-years-old at the time.

Epstein was also accused of hiring women to find young teenage girls and bring them back to his house parties on a routine basis. Trump and his legal team have denied any wrongdoing.

The status hearing date is now scheduled for December 16, less than a month after Election Day.

To add a new twist into the rape allegations is who will be representing "Jane Doe" in the lawsuit. Cheney Mason has been hired to defend the plaintiff, who is best known for defending Florida mother Casey Anthony in 2011, which helped lead to her acquittal in one of the highest-profiled court cases in recent American history.

Election impact

While the former host of "The Apprentice" was able to ride his campaign style through the Republican primary, he's had a difficult time duplicating that success in the general election. Outside of the white conservative male demographic, Trump is struggling with nearly all other voting blocs. Unless a major shift occurs in the next 27 days, the consensus is that Hillary Clinton will become the next president of the United States.