[guest post by Dana]
I want to ask readers, especially loyal Trump supporters, whether or not this story matters to you, or impacts you in any particular way? I’m not looking for any knee-jerk “FAKE NEWS!” outrage or “TDS” deflection but rather a thoughtful response explaining how you process these sorts of stories, and whether you view them as little more than an attempt to sabotage the President? And in light of the many allegations against him, does yet one more description of what happened at the hands of a man who infamously said about women: “And when you’re a star, they let you do it…” raise any questions in your mind about whether he might have actually done this? Finally, with regard to credible allegations, is there a certain number that would need to be made that would cause you to change your mind about him? [Ed. Pointing out the obvious: This is the one individual’s account of an alleged incident that took place before Trump became the President of the United States. But even when it’s just an allegation, Trump’s base reflexively jumps to his defense while proclaiming his innocence. That’s also not to say that the anti-Trump crowd doesn’t assume he’s guilty from the get-go.]
A former model has come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her at the US Open tennis tournament more than two decades ago, in an alleged incident that left her feeling “sick” and “violated”.
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Amy Dorris alleged that Trump accosted her outside the bathroom in his VIP box at the 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.
“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.
“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.”
Through his lawyers, Trump has vigorously denied the claims made by Dorris:
Jenna Ellis, legal adviser to the Trump campaign, said in a statement to NBC News that the “allegations are totally false. We will consider every legal means available to hold The Guardian accountable for its malicious publication of this unsubstantiated story. This is just another pathetic attempt to attack President Trump right before the election.”
The report says that Dorris showed reporters that supported the claims of her encounters with Trump, including a plane ticket to the US Open and photographs with her and Trump in New York during the specified time period.
Additionally, the report says that Dorris confided in several people immediately after the alleged incident took place:
Her account was also corroborated by several people she confided in about the incident. They include a friend in New York and Dorris’s mother, both of whom she called immediately after the alleged incident, as well as a therapist and friends she spoke to in the years since. All said Dorris had shared with them details of the alleged incident that matched what she later told the Guardian.