Another woman accuses Trump of groping
Another woman came forward Thursday to accuse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of inappropriate physical contact, alleging that Trump unexpectedly put his arm around her and touched her breast while attending the U.S. Open tennis tournament in 1998.
Karena Virginia, who was 27 at the time, said she had attended a match with a group of doctors while working as a pharmaceutical representative. Her companions had left, and she was waiting outside the tennis complex to be picked up by a car service when she encountered Trump. She had never met the celebrity businessman but said he started making comments about her appearance to a group of men.
“Look at her legs,” she recalled him saying before approaching her, wrapping his arm around her and then reaching down to her breast. “Don’t you know who I am?” she said he asked. She said the encounter ended moments later when her car arrived.
Virginia, now 45 and a yoga instructor, made her allegations at a news conference in New York with women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred, a supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Virginia said she decided to speak out publicly in support of other accusers after watching Trump dismiss their claims as “lies” and “fiction.”
Virginia’s husband, New York lawyer Charles Virginia, said his wife had confided in him about the experience when they met, about a year after it occurred.
Allred told reporters that Virginia had told her husband and “some friends” about Trump’s behavior, but she did not name them.
A Trump campaign spokeswoman, Jessica Ditto, dismissed Virginia’s allegations.
“Voters are tired of these circus-like antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton,” Ditto said, describing Allred as a “discredited political operative.”
About a dozen women have stepped forward to accuse Trump of making inappropriate sexual advances.
Karena Virginia says Donald Trump touched her breast outside the U.S. Open tennis tournament in 1998.