An­other woman ac­cuses Trump of grop­ing

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 - By Julie Zauzmer and Ros­alind S. Hel­der­man

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.

JUSTIN LANE/EPA

Karena Vir­ginia says Don­ald Trump touched her breast out­side the U.S. Open ten­nis tour­na­ment in 1998.

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