Former model Amy Dorris has accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her more than two decades ago.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Guardian, she claims he forced himself on her at the US Open tennis tournament in 1997.
Ms Dorris, who was 24 at the time, told the newspaper she felt ‘sick’ and ‘violated’.
‘He just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off. And then that’s when his grip became tighter and his hands were very gropey and all over my butt, my breasts, my back, everything,’ she said.
‘I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it. I don’t know what you call that when you’re sticking your tongue just down someone’s throat.
‘But I pushed it out with my teeth. I was pushing it. And I think I might have hurt his tongue.’
She said the incident happened outside the bathroom in his VIP box at the tournament in New York on September 5, 1997.
But Mr Trump has denied the claims, through his lawyers, in the ‘strongest possible terms’ having ever harassed, abused or behaved improperly toward Ms Dorris.
The Guardian said Ms Dorris, who lives in Florida, provided evidence to support her account, including her ticket to the US Open and six photos showing her with the now President over several days.
Mr Trump was 51 at the time and married to his second wife, Marla Maples.
Several people also corroborated her account, including a friend in New York, Ms Dorris’ mother, and a therapist. She called them immediately after the interview.
Lawyers for Trump said Dorris’s version of events did not stand up to any scrutiny and had there been any inappropriate behaviour by Trump outside of the bathroom within the VIP box, there would have been numerous witnesses.
Trump’s lawyers said it seemed incredible that Dorris would voluntarily choose to be in the vicinity of Trump, at the US Open and the Versace memorial, in the days following the alleged assault. They said Binn had raised similar questions about her account. Trump’s lawyers also questioned why Dorris sat next to Trump at the Versace memorial, when she could have sat the other side of Binn.
They said Dorris had never raised the allegations with a law enforcement agency or to Trump, and said the timing of the claims so close to the November presidential election suggested they might be politically motivated.
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