Yes, that’s also a possibility. Or it could also have been a real rape instance, the rape accuser received threats that intimidated her into backing down, which left a window of opportunity for the Trump team to spin this story.
The thing is, no matter how you spin this, the story always starts with a woman saying that Trump raped her when she was 13. If this woman ever says, “No, that never happened”, then we have a different story. Until that time, we have a rape that’s resulting in a lawsuit, or we have a rape that’s being exploited for political gain, or we have a rape plus intimidating threats. But we still have a rape. At least that’s how it looks to the public.