One week after posting the Access Hollywood tape in which Donald Trump boasted he was so famous he could grab women’s genitalia with impunity, the Washington Post has posted a new video in which a woman says he did just that to her at a Manhattan nightclub in the 1990s.
Kristin Anderson told WaPo she was talking to friends in a crowded Manhattan nightspot when someone she did not know slid his hand under her miniskirt, up her thigh and touched her vagina through her underwear.
WaPo reports Anderson said she shoved away the hand, fled the couch on which she’d been sitting, and turned to see who it was who had touched her, recognizing Trump.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told WaPo, “Mr. Trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is totally ridiculous.”
The Post reports Anderson did not initially approach the newspaper. A reporter contacted her after hearing her story from someone else who was familiar with it; the newspaper also reports Anderson spent several days trying to decide whether to go public.
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“It wasn’t a sexual come-on. I don’t know why he did it. It was like just to prove that he could do it, and nothing would happen,” Anderson said in an interview published with the video. “There was zero conversation. We didn’t even really look at each other. It was very random, very nonchalant on his part.”
Anderson’s video and interview was released exactly one week after the newspaper released a leaked 2005 video in which then The Apprentice star Trump boasted to then Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that he was so famous he could, without suffering any consequences, kiss women and grab them “by the pussy. You can do anything.” The conversation was caught on a hot mic.
At the second presidential debate, which followed that tape release by two days, moderator Anderson Cooper asked Trump if he had actually done what he’d claimed in his conversation with Bush. Trump insisted he had not, and that his comments were just words and “locker room banter.” Trump said he was not proud of the talk and had apologized to his family.
Since then, eight women have come forward, claiming that Trump did, in fact, do to them as he had described to Bush. Trump has denied all of the allegations that have been published in the New York Times, People and other publications.
Today’s WaPo video was posted five days before the third and final presidential debate, which will be moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
At the time of the alleged incident Anderson claims took place in the early ’90s, she was in her early 20s, trying to make it as a model and supporting herself working as a makeup artist and restaurant hostess. Trump was a celebrity, frequent tabloid topic and “regular presence on the New York club scene,” WaPo reports. She said she believes the incident took place at a nightclub called China Club, but is not positive.
Anderson said she does not support Trump or Dem nom Hillary Clinton. In May, she switched her voter registration from Democrat to “no party preference.”
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