Another woman alleges Donald Trump groped her at 1998 tennis event

Another woman came forward on Thursday claiming that Donald Trump groped her and made inappropriate sexual remarks.

AFP October 21, 2016 08:11:02 IST
Another woman alleges Donald Trump groped her at 1998 tennis event

New York: Another woman came forward on Thursday claiming that Donald Trump groped her and made inappropriate sexual remarks, adding to accusations of nine other women that have emerged in recent days.

Another woman alleges Donald Trump groped her at 1998 tennis event

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Karena Virginia, 45, a New York-area yoga instructor, said at a news conference that the celebrity billionaire and Republican presidential nominee had made an unwanted sexual advance at the 1998 US Open tennis tournament.

Virginia, reading from a written statement, said Trump pointed at her to other men and said "'hey, look at this one. We haven't seen this one before. Look at those legs' as if I was an object rather than a person."

Virginia, who was 27 at the time, said that Trump grabbed her by the arm and touched her breast.

"'Don't you know who I am, don't you know who I am?' he said," according to Virginia's statement.

"I felt intimidated and I felt powerless," she said, adding that she "felt ashamed" for wearing a short dress and high heels.

"That feeling of shame stayed with me for a while," she said.

Virginia spoke to reporters flanked by high-profile discrimination lawyer Gloria Allred, who said that her client "is not considering a lawsuit at this time."

The Trump campaign slammed the latest accusation of sexual misconduct as a tool meant to help Democratic rival Hillary Clinton win the 8 November election.

Another woman alleges Donald Trump groped her at 1998 tennis event

"Discredited political operative Gloria Allred, in another coordinated, publicity seeking attack with the Clinton campaign, will stop at nothing to smear Mr Trump," said Jessica Ditto, the Republican's campaign deputy communications director, in a statement.

"Give me a break. Voters are tired of these circus-like antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton," she said.

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