Another woman has come forward to accuse Donald Trump of putting his hand up her skirt and touching her inappropriately in the ’90s, adding to the growing number of woman who have accused the Republican presidential candidate of sexual assault.
“When I heard the tape of the [Access Hollywood] bus where he’s describing [to Billy Bush] how he’s a star and how he can just pretty much do what he wants and they let him, and he can grab them by the p–sy, I was just like, wow. Wow! That explains it. That explains what happened to me,” Kristin Anderson told The Washington Post in a new interview, published Friday, October 14.
In a filmed segment, Anderson goes on to detail the alleged events of that night in the early 1990s, when she was in her early twenties and in New York City as an aspiring model.
“I was at a club with my friends, and I’m talking to my friend who [is sitting] on my left side. I’m very clear on this,” she said. “This is the vivid part for me. So the person on my right, who unbeknownst to me at that time, was Donald Trump, put their hand up my skirt.”
“He did touch my vagina through my underwear. Absolutely,” Anderson confirmed. “And as I pushed the hand away, and I got up, and I turned around, and I see these eyebrows, very distinct eyebrows of Donald Trump. And I got up and I moved and I continued to talk with my friends.”
Anderson said she and her friends agreed that the real estate mogul was “gross,” and the group felt “very grossed out and weirded out.” But at the time, they all brushed the incident off because they believed it was “inconsequential.”
She added that the reason she’s coming forward with her story now is that the release of the bus tape was “so disgusting”: “I watched this woman [Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker] who could have been me, it could have been anyone, walk in and shake his hand, and that was just nauseating, because she has no idea what she’s walking into, and what could possibly happen to her,” Anderson said.
“Mr. Trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is totally ridiculous,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an emailed statement to The Washington Post.
Anderson’s claims come hot on the heels of a New York Times story published on Wednesday, October 12, in which two women detail separate encounters with the former Apprentice host, that involved his groping them or kissing them inappropriately.
Jessica Leeds, now 74, recounted how Trump had allegedly groped her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt while the pair were seated next to each other on a first-class flight to New York City more than three decades ago.
“He was like an octopus,” she recalled. “His hands were everywhere. It was an assault.”
The GOP nominee’s team has vehemently denied The New York Times accusations, saying that “it is absurd to think that one of the most recognizable business leaders on the planet with a strong record of empowering women in his companies would do the things alleged in this story, and for this to only become public decades later in the final month of a campaign for president should say it all.”
On Thursday, October 13, The New York Times released an epic response to Trump’s request for a retraction amid claims of libel. David McCraw, The New York Times VP and assistant general counsel, wrote in a letter made public Thursday that Trump’s cries of libel had no merit because “nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself.”
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