The federal court in New York has scheduled the hearing of the US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rape case on December 16, 2016.

The date seems to have been decided, keeping in mind the US presidential elections 2016 to be held on November 8. A woman, identified as Jane Doe, alleged Trump of raping her repeatedly when she was 13 years old almost 20 years ago in 1994. She claimed that the incidences occurred at different Upper East Side parties hosted by the alleged sexual assaulter as well as billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein.

Federal Judge Ronnie Abrams has decided on December 16, 2016 for a status conference at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The judge has asked for information that would help in the court proceedings to assist the authorities to decide on settlement or trial.

“A brief description of the nature of the actual and the principal defences thereto, a brief explanation of why jurisdiction and venue lie in this court, a brief description of all contemplated and/or outstanding motions, a brief description of any discovery that has already taken place, and a brief description of prior settlement discussions,” the status conference would include, the judge said as quoted by Snopes.

The lawsuit contained a witness statement where she said that she saw Trump and Epstein raping the girl multiple times. According to the complaint filed, Epstein hired a woman to pick teenage girls up and bring them to his parties.

Where there are mentions of witnesses, the Republican presidential candidate denied the claims. In response to the lawsuit, Donald Trump said that the charges referenced in the lawsuit are “not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention or, perhaps, are simply politically motivated.” He added that there was no “merit to these allegations.”