While we are just 47 days out from the election, the race is heating up between current sitting President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. While it’s not uncommon for scandals to emerge during the lead up to the election (think Hillary Clinton’s emails as a prime example), today a breaking news report has been released alleging Trump of sexual assault.
In an exclusive report from The Guardian, former model Amy Dorris has accused Trump of sexual assault back in 1997. Dorris explained that she was at the U.S. Open in 1997 when this happened. Dorris ended up at the U.S. Open as she was dating Jason Binn, a friend of Trump’s, who took Dorris to New York City (NYC) on a trip for a few days while the U.S. Open was taking place.
Dorris claimed she first met Trump at his famous Trump Tower in NYC. “He came on very strong right away,” Dorris explained of her first encounter with Trump. “It seemed typical of a certain guy, people who just feel like they’re entitled to do what they want…even though I was there with my boyfriend.”
Dorris goes on to note that Binn and her were in Trump’s private luxury box at the U.S. Open when the alleged incident occurred. Getting up to go to the bathroom, Dorris stated that when she got out Trump was waiting for her.
“Initially I thought that he was waiting to go to the bathroom, but that wasn’t the case, unfortunately,” Dorris stated. While Dorris claims she told Trump to “please stop” and nervously laughed telling him “no” and to “get away,” she explained that he did not care.
Dorris specifically went on to allege that Trump “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.”
“I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it,” Dorris added. “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.”
Dorris also noted of the experience- and her specifically trying to get Trump to stop- that “Any time anyone says no, no means no. And that just didn’t work out for me. It wasn’t enough.”
When the experience happened, Dorris stated that after she was “kind of was in shock. I felt violated, obviously. But I still wasn’t processing it and just was trying to go back to talking to everyone and having a good time because, I don’t know, I felt pressured to be that way.”
Dorris also explained that she did tell Binn about the experience, specifically detailing that she told Binn that Trump was “all over me.” Dorris also claims she told Binn “I can’t deal with this. You have to do something.”
Aside from Binn, Dorris claims she called a friend who lived in NYC to tell them about what happened, explaining that “I think I just felt safe knowing that I had someone in New York that I could go to, God forbid it got worse.”
Over the next few days after the alleged incident, Dorris does claims Trump did not stop in his pursuit of her, even though she wore a modest outfit the second day she was around him for the U.S. Open. Dorris stated that Trump asked her if she could see herself living in Trump Tower.
“It didn’t matter that I changed my clothes, it was still the same situation,” Dorris noted. “I didn’t feel like myself that second day at all. It did feel like something was taken away.”
Aside from the U.S. Open, Dorris spent time with Trump over the next few days, even attending Gianni Versace’s funeral with him. For those wondering why Dorris still spent time with Trump after the alleged assault, she explained that “I was there from Florida and I was with Jason. I had no money, nowhere to go. We were going from event to event and it was overwhelming. People spend years around people who have abused them, that’s what happens when something traumatic happens, you freeze.”
The Guardian notes that through his lawyers, Trump “denied in the strongest possible terms having ever harassed, abused or behaved improperly toward Dorris.”
While Dorris’s story had people who corroborated it- including her Mom, a friend in NYC, and her therapist- Trump’s lawyers had more to add in their denial of the accusations. Specifically, they noted that Binn (who did not respond when The Guardian attempted to reach him for comment) did not recall Dorris telling him anything regarding this alleged incident or that she was not comfortable being around Trump.
Trump’s lawyers also noted that had this incident occurred- which, again, they deny- there would have been numerous witnesses who would have seen it taking place. They also stated that it “seemed incredible” that Dorris would decide to still be around Trump at the U.S. Open and the Versace funeral after this alleged incident occurred. Furthermore, they questioned why Dorris decided to sit next to Trump at Versace’s memorial service rather than on the other side of Binn (when Binn could have sat next to Trump) if she had been victimized by him.
Also, Trump’s lawyers noted that Dorris never took these allegations to any form of law enforcement, had never brought them up to Trump, and questioned a potential political motive with her coming forward with these allegations so close to the election.
Why She Waited
While many will question why she waited over 20 years to come forward with these allegations- and even let the 2016 election cycle go by without coming out with them- Dorris has a response to this.
Explaining that she felt that coming forward could potentially harm her family, Dorris went on to note she did so now because “I feel like my girls are about to turn 13 years old and I want them to know that you don’t let anybody do anything to you that you don’t want. And I’d rather be a role model. I want them to see that I didn’t stay quiet, that I stood up to somebody who did something that was unacceptable.”
“When you invade someone’s space, it doesn’t matter if you were raped, it’s sexual assault, and it’s not OK,” Dorris added. “You don’t touch someone unless they want to be touched. And I did nothing to encourage him to touch me.”
Dorris wrapped with telling The Guardian that “I’m sick of him getting away with this,” she said. “I’m tired of being quiet. It’s kind of cathartic. I just want to get this out. And I want people to know that this is the man, this is our president. This is the kind of thing he does and it’s unacceptable.”