‘Totally False’: Trump campaign denies ex-model’s sexual assault allegations
Mary Margaret Olohan on September 17, 2020
President Donald Trump’s campaign denied allegations that Trump had sexually assaulted a model in 1997, calling the claim “totally false.”
Ex-model Amy Dorris has accused the president of “assaulting her all over her body” at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in 1997 when she was 24-years-old, The Guardian reported Thursday. Dorris said Trump stuck his tongue down her throat and that she felt “violated” and “sick” afterwards, according to the Guardian.
“The allegations are totally false,” Trump campaign legal advisor Jenna Ellis said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “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.”
Dorris’s mother and friend said that the former model told them about the alleged assault, the Guardian reported, and the publication also published several photos of Dorris, Trump, and others in public around the time Dorris claims the assault occurred.
Lawyers for the president said that the alleged assault would have been visible to the public in the U.S. Open box where Dorris said it occurred, the Guardian reported, but Dorris said that she and Trump were hidden by a partition.
Trump has faced 25 sexual assault allegations, a Business Insider review found, including seven allegations of inappropriate behavior or touching, 16 allegations of forcible groping or kissing, and two allegations of sexual assault or rape.
Former vice president Joe Biden has also been accused of sexual misconduct on eight occasions, according to Business Insider, including seven allegations of inappropriate behavior or touching and one allegation of sexual assault.
Most recently, Biden’s former senate staffer Tara Reade accused him of kissing her, touching her, and penetrating her with his fingers without her consent when she worked for his Senate office in 1993. Biden and his campaign have repeatedly denied the assault, saying it “absolutely did not happen.”
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