9th woman comes forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump – Guardian


Another woman has come forward accusing Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNebraska newspaper breaks with tradition, endorses Clinton You can’t trust polls: Clinton leads, but our polling methods are bunk O’Malley: Trump ‘hijacked the Republican Party’s nomination’ MORE of uninvited kissing.

Cathy Heller, 63, told The Guardian she met Trump for the first and only time about 20 years ago.

Heller said Trump grabbed her and tried to kiss her when she was at a Mother’s Day brunch at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.

“He took my hand, and grabbed me, and went for the lips,” she said.

Heller said she responded by leaning backwards to avoid Trump and nearly lost her balance.

“And he said, ‘Oh, come on.’ He was strong. And he grabbed me and went for my mouth and went for my lips,” she said.  

She said she turned her head and Trump kissed her on the side of her mouth.

 

“He kept me there for a little too long,” Heller said. “And then he just walked away.”

 

Heller said she was “angry and shaken” by what had happened.

 

“He couldn’t believe a woman would pass up the opportunity,” she told The Guardian.

 

Trump’s campaign disputed the woman’s accusation Saturday afternoon.

 

“The media has gone too far in making this false accusation,” senior communications adviser Jason Miller said in a statement.

 

“There is no way that something like this would have happened in a public place on Mother’s Day at Mr. Trump’s resort. It would have been the talk of Palm Beach for the past two decades,” he said.

 

Miller also slammed the media for giving air to the allegations against the GOP nominee.

 

“For the media to wheel out a politically motivated Democratic activist with a legal dispute against this same resort owned by Mr. Trump,” Miller said, “does a disservice to the public, and anyone covering this story should be embarrassed for elevating this bogus claim.”

 

With her story, Heller joins at least eight other women who have accused the GOP nominee of uninvited kissing or groping, according to a tally by The Guardian.

Trump has been embroiled in controversy since a 2005 tape was released last week in which he talked about how he could grope and kiss women without their consent because of his celebrity status.

Trump said he never did the things he talked about on the tape — a denial which prompted several of the women to come forward and share what they say happened with Trump.

The GOP nominee and his campaign have strongly denied the accusations. On Saturday afternoon, Trump tweeted shortly after the latest accusations, “Nothing ever happened with any of these women.”

Trump has called some of the women who have accused him “horrible, horrible liars” and has remarked about their appearance.

–Updated: 4:40 p.m.



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