In what has become quite the unusual election cycle, yet another woman is going public about an incident with Donald Trump some 18 years ago. You’ll remember that we covered a slew of women who came forward in light of Mr. Trump saying that he had never sexually assaulted women at last week’s debate.
Yoga instructor and lifestyle coach, Karena Virginia, came forward Thursday with new allegations that Donald Trump inappropriate touched her, making her at least the tenth woman to make such allegations against Mr. Trump.
Accompanied by civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, who represents several other women who have come forward recently with similar claims against Trump, Mrs. Virginia gave a very emotional account of Mr. Trump’s behavior towards her.
“I have been fearful of bringing unwanted attention to my loving family and me,” Virginia said at a press conference this morning in New York City. “But in the end, I feel that it is my duty as a woman, as a mother, a human being and as an American citizen to speak out and tell the truth.”
Mrs. Virginia said she first encountered Donald Trump in 1998, as she was waiting for a car service to pick her up after the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens, New York.
“I knew who he was, but I had never met him. He was with a few other men,” she said. “I was quite surprised when I overheard him talking to the other men about me. He said, ‘Hey, look at this one, we haven’t seen her before. Look at those legs.’ As though I was an object, rather than a person.”
Allegedly, Mr. Trump then walked up to her, grabbed her arm, and touched the inside of her breast, Mrs. Virginia said.
“I was in shock. I flinched. ‘Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?’ That’s what he said to me,” she said.
A spokeswoman for Mr. Trump, Jessica Ditto, called Ms. Allred a “discredited political operative” who “in another coordinated, publicity seeking attack with the Clinton campaign, will stop at nothing to smear Mr. Trump.”
“Give me a break,” Ms. Ditto said in a statement. “Voters are tired of these circuslike antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton.”