A former model has accused Donald Trump of sexual assault in an encounter that left her feeling “sick” and “violated” more than two decades ago.
Amy Dorris alleges that the US president accosted her during the US Open tournament in New York on 5 September 1997.
Ms Dorris, who was 24 at the time, told the Guardian that Mr Trump assaulted her all over her body and forced his tongue down her throat, a claim he denies.
“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,” she said.
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Ms Dorris, who is now 48, claims she was unable to escape his grip, despite telling Mr Trump “no, please stop”.
“I just kind of was in shock,” she told the Guardian. “I felt violated, obviously. But I still wasn’t processing it and just was trying to go back to talking to everyone and having a good time because, I don’t know, I felt pressured to be that way.”
Ms Dorris’ account has been corroborated by several people she confided in, including her mother and a therapist.
She claims she spent several days with Mr Trump in September 1997 after being taken to New York for a long weekend by her then boyfriend, Jason Binn. Numerous photographs taken at the time confirm this.
The former model said the alleged assault occurred after she visited the bathroom, which was hidden from their box at the US Open by a partition wall.
Ms Dorris alleges that Mr Trump, who was 51 at the time, waited outside the bathroom before accosting her.
Now a mother of twin girls, Ms Dorris debated speaking out about the alleged incident in 2016, but was fearful of the impact on her family.
“Now I feel like my girls are about to turn 13 years old and I want them to know that you don’t let anybody do anything to you that you don’t want,” she explained.
Ms Dorris also expressed frustration at the many other accusers against the US president who were accused of lying.
“I’m sick of him getting away with this,” she said.
Mr Trump strenuously denied ever harassing, abusing or behaving improperly toward Ms Dorris via his lawyers.