Clinton supporters immediately seized on the story and opened a discussion about the rape claims on Twitter and other social media networks in the hopes of damaging Trump's push for the White House.
The Huffington Post also jumped on the bandwagon of anti-Trump sentiment after she made her claims, asking: 'Donald Trump Is Accused Of Raping A 13-Year-Old. Why Haven't The Media Covered It?'
Then, last Wednesday, Katie Johnson suddenly cancelled a packed press conference, saying she was 'too afraid' following a series of 'threats' against her.
On Friday, six months after legal papers were filed, she dramatically dropped the civil lawsuit.
Social media erupted with claims that the woman had been paid off by Trump or was so terrified by threats to her life from Trump supporters that she was forced to withdraw her claims.
But DailyMail.com, through their investigations has learned that the real reason the suit was dropped is because the claims were simply NOT true.
According to DM:
"The woman first sued Trump and Jeffrey Epstein under the name Katie Johnson - a name we know not to be her real identity - on April 26 in California federal court and filed an amended complaint in New York federal court in October, claiming she was subject to rape, criminal sexual acts, assault, battery and false imprisonment. The court papers offered no corroborative evidence that her claims were true. News that the allegations were dropped dismayed Hillary supporters who had hoped the claims would be the knock out blow for Trump's election campaign - already rocked in recent weeks by a string of sex assault claims.
But DailyMail.com has been told that elements of what Johnson had claimed crumbled at the last minute. Her claims can today be exposed as untruthful, the key fact being that Donald Trump was not involved whatsoever. A source with knowledge of the controversial case told DailyMail.com: 'Katie Johnson's account had been believable and compelling right up until the last minute. 'But new information emerged that suggested she had not been telling the truth.
'Ultimately it was discovered that Donald Trump's name had been inserted into this, he was not involved whatsoever. After that she had no credibility.' The revelation slaps down any suggestion that Johnson dropped the case thanks to a secret financial settlement with Trump, as has been speculated on social media. It also clears Trump of any hint of wrong doing in association with the lawsuit. DailyMail.com interviewed Johnson before the case was dropped.
She had claimed her motivation was to tell her story was to expose Donald Trump to stop him from becoming president. 'We would have a rapist in the White House. I would feel horrified every single day if I stay in this country,' she said, in dramatic terms. Johnson said her experiences in the summer in 1994 still haunt her today. 'As much as I try to forget about everything that happened, it always affects everything in my life,' she said. 'I mean it affects my relationships, I don't think I've ever had a successful relationship, one that I feel I can trust that person, there's always that mistrust.'
But she also said that in 1994 she had no idea who her attacker was and that it was only when she watched The Apprentice that she came to believe it was Trump, claiming that she could not forget her attacker's face. DailyMail.com has since learned that Johnson has two DUIs and a felony drug possession on her record and a history of drug abuse. Johnson has a troubled past, and told DailyMail.com that she believes her experiences as a young girl led to those troubles. The former real estate worker said recent spinal surgery has meant she is unable to work and claims disability welfare. In lurid claims Johnson in court papers, she claimed Trump took her virginity, forced her in to role-play sex and alleges that he and financier Epstein treated her as a 'sex slave' during an 'horrific' summer in 1994".