A former model has accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her at the 1997 US Open tennis tournament, telling The Guardian that the incident left her feeling “sick” and “violated”.
Amy Dorris alleged that the US president, who was 51 at the time, assaulted her outside the bathroom in his VIP box at the New York tournament. She was 24.
“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,” Ms Dorris, 48, told the newspaper.
“I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it,” she said. “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.”
Mr Trump strongly denies the allegations, with his lawyers saying he never harassed, abused or behaved improperly toward the former model.
Ms Dorris’ allegations were corroborated by several people who she had told about the incident. Her mother and a friend both said the former model called them immediately after the alleged assault. Other friends and a therapist, who Ms Dorris told in later years, also said the details reported by the newspaper matched what she had described to them at the time.
The 48-year-old mother of two said that she had considered coming forward with the allegations in 2016, when a number of women had publicly accused Mr Trump of sexual assault, but decided against doing so to protect her family.