Former model Amy Dorris has come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her when she was 24-years-old outside a bathroom in an alleged incident that left her feeling “sick” and “violated”.
During an interview with The Guardian, Dorris alleged that “Trump accosted her outside the bathroom in his VIP box at the at a US Open tennis tournament in New York on 5 September 1997.”
Dorris, who was 24 at the time, accuses Trump of forcing his tongue down her throat, assaulting her all over her body and holding her in a grip she was unable to escape from.
‘I feel sick, violated’ the former model told The Guardian.
“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.
Dorris, who lives in Florida, provided the Guardian with evidence to support her account of her encounters with Trump, including her ticket to the US Open and photos showing her with the real estate magnate over several days in New York.
“I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it,” she said, adding: “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.”
President Trump’s lawyers denied having ever harassed, abused or behaved improperly toward Dorris, saying “it seemed incredible that Dorris would voluntarily choose to be in the vicinity of Trump, at the US Open.”
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.
Dorris first shared her allegation with the Guardian in confidence 15 months ago, but was unsure about going public. She recently decided she was ready to take that step, in part to be a role model to her daughters, who are now in their teens.
“When you invade someone’s space, it doesn’t matter if you were raped, it’s sexual assault, and it’s not OK,” she said. “You don’t touch someone unless they want to be touched. And I did nothing to encourage him to touch me.”
Dorris said she was also frustrated to hear Trump’s many other accusers being accused themselves of lying.
“I’m sick of him getting away with this,” she said. “I’m tired of being quiet. It’s kind of cathartic. I just want to get this out. And I want people to know that this is the man, this is our president. This is the kind of thing he does and it’s unacceptable.”
Watch th einterview below:
You can read more at The Guardian.