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The Simple Reason This Trump Accuser Decided To Come Forward

Summer Zervos just wants to be able to sleep at night.
Attorney Gloria Allred (left) and Summer Zervos (right) at Friday afternoon's news conference in LA. 
Attorney Gloria Allred (left) and Summer Zervos (right) at Friday afternoon's news conference in LA. 

On Friday afternoon, another woman came forward with accusations of sexual assault against Donald Trump.

During a press conference, with attorney Gloria Allred by her side, former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos said Trump brought her to a hotel room and tried to force himself on her in 2007. Zervos said she met Trump twice in 2007, once in New York at his office, where she says he allegedly kissed her twice without consent. The second time she met Trump that year was in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he allegedly “grabbed” her breasts, kissed her “very aggressively, thrusted his genitals at her and invited her to lay down on the bed with him. 

When she pushed him away, Zervos said Trump asked her what she wanted to do. “I said I came to have dinner,” she replied, in her statement. “He said ‘OK, we will have dinner.’ He paced around the room. He acted like he was a bit angry.”

Zervos, who is the 11th woman to come forward with allegations of sexual assault, harassment, or misconduct against Trump in the last week, was visibly shaken while delivering her statement to press.

Towards the end of the press conference, Allred said the former “Apprentice” contestant would not be answering questions but that Allred would field a few from reporters. 

After she took a couple of questions, one reporter asked Allred: “What does [Zervos] hope comes out of coming forward?” 

As Allred began to answer, Zervos cut in and said she would like to answer this question herself. 

“I want to be able to sleep when I’m 70 at night,” Zervos said. “That’s my answer.”

When another reporter later asked Zervos how she felt when making her statement, she responded: “This is a new experience, there’s a lot of emotions going on.” 

Watch a short clip from the press conference below. 

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.

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