The steadily growing list of women, 25 and counting, who have come forward with sexual assault allegations against US President Donald Trump since the 1970s, currently outnumber the officials in his cabinet.
Most recently, Amy Dorris, a former model, has spoken out about her experience at the US Open tournament in New York on September 5, 1997, when she shared a VIP box with a host of celebrities, her then-boyfriend Jason Binn, and Trump.
The Guardian has researched her claims, so before we head into the details, here’s what they found.
Her account of events was corroborated by several people with whom she spoke almost immediately after the incident allegedly took place, including friends and family, and a therapist that she’s spoken to in the years since. All of the details that she shared with them matched what she later revealed to The Guardian.
She also produced photographic evidence, including the image above, that she had been at the tournament with Trump.
With that in mind, here’s her story:
Dorris says that she spent a few days on and off with Trump in September 1997. During that time she says that he flirted openly with her, which she brushed off as a product of entitlement.
“He came on very strong right away,” Dorris said of Trump. “It seemed typical of a certain guy, people who just feel like they’re entitled to do what they want … even though I was there with my boyfriend.”
She says that the assault happened when she went to the bathroom during a tennis match. The bathroom was hidden behind a partition.
“I was having some issues with my contact lenses,” she said. “I remember going in there to moisten my lens.”
When she came out of the bathroom she alleged that Trump was waiting for her.
“Initially I thought that he was waiting to go to the bathroom, but that wasn’t the case, unfortunately,” she said. She alleges Trump forced himself on her after a brief exchange in which she recalls nervously laughing and telling him: “No, get away.”
She told him to stop but says that he didn’t care: “It felt like there were tentacles on me that I couldn’t rip off”.
Dorris recalls that afterwards, she was in shock, felt “violated”, and couldn’t process what had happened. She started to dress more conservatively in the hope that it would discourage him.
Dorris said Trump continued to pursue her, asking questions such as: “Could you see yourself living here?”
“It didn’t matter that I changed my clothes, it was still the same situation,” she said. “I didn’t feel like myself that second day at all. It did feel like something was taken away.”
Trump has denied the allegations and his lawyers say that Dorris’ version of events “doesn’t stand up to scrutiny” saying that there would have been numerous witnesses had the events occurred.
I’ll remind you that Dorris describes a partition shielding the rest of the room from the bathroom.
The fact that Trump is in with a shot at reelection, despite at least 26 women publicly accusing him of sexual misconduct, is a dire indictment of America.
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