The Washington Post on Friday reported a new allegation against Donald Trump by a woman who says the GOP presidential nominee fondled her in a New York nightclub in the 1990s. The woman, Kristin Anderson, said she did not know Trump, and he never said a word to her before sticking his hand up her skirt and touching her vagina through her underwear.
From the Post’s story:
Kristin Anderson was deep in conversation with acquaintances at a crowded Manhattan nightspot and did not notice the figure to her right on a red velvet couch — until, she recalls, his fingers slid under her miniskirt, moved up her inner thigh, and touched her vagina through her underwear.
Anderson shoved the hand away, fled the couch and turned to take her first good look at the man who had touched her, she said.
She recognized him as Donald Trump: “He was so distinctive looking — with the hair and the eyebrows. I mean, nobody else has those eyebrows.”
Anderson is the 10th woman to come forward in the past week with sexual abuse allegations against Trump. On Thursday, The Huffington Post reported that another woman, Lisa Boyne, had a similar experience during the same time period, when Trump stuck his hand up women’s skirts at a restaurant.
Boyne told HuffPost that Trump asked a group of women at a dinner party to parade in front of his table. Trump “stuck his head right underneath their skirts,” Boyne said, and told the rest of the guests whether or not they were wearing underwear, and what their vulvas looked like.
“It was the most offensive scene I’ve ever been a part of,” she added.
A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign denied that the events Boyne described ever took place, saying, “Mr. Trump would never do that.”
But that is not what Trump himself said in 2005, when he boasted about fondling women without consent.
“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says to “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush on a tape released last week, which was recorded by a hot mic. “You can do anything ― grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Confronted with the tape, Trump called it “locker room talk,” and later told presidential debate moderator Anderson Cooper he had never done the things he bragged about to Bush.
But Boyne’s account and Anderson’s both sound eerily close to precisely the act that Trump boasted about getting away with, namely grabbing women between the legs.
Read the Post’s story here.
The 2005 video prompted an exodus of support from Trump’s fellow Republicans, scores of whom either rescinded their previous endorsements of him, or called for him to drop out of the race.
Trump’s campaign has so far denied each and every new allegation against him, a pattern it continued on Friday with a statement from Trump’s spokeswoman calling the new report “a phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity.”
Trump himself has gone a step further, casting the avalanche of new allegations as part of a vast conspiracy against him, masterminded by his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, the “global elite” and the press.
Anderson’s story is not likely to be the day’s only damaging revelation about Trump’s behavior towards women. Attorney Gloria Allred has said she is representing another woman who alleges that Trump sexually abused her. Allred has scheduled a press conference for Friday afternoon.
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Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.