Leading up to Saturday, 8 women had come forward with claims against Donald Trump. Each claim reads more or less the same — they all say Trump sexually molested them. Trump denies each claim and says it’s a hit job put forward by the liberal media. Well, would you guess it, the 9th woman has stepped forward with a new claim. No doubt she won’t be the last.
FROM THE GUARDIAN.com
On 7 October, as the political world convulsed from the revelation that Trump had bragged about kissing and groping women without their consent, Cathy Heller, 63, was sitting in her New York home fielding incredulous emails from a friend.
“I keep thinking about how he treated you,” her friend wrote, hours after showing Heller the tape. “Obviously not an isolated incident.”
It was a story Heller had told many friends and family members over the years, but is only now telling in public. Some 20 years ago, she claims, when she metDonald Trump for the first and only time, he grabbed her, went for a kiss, and grew angry with her as she twisted away. “Oh, come on,” she alleges that he barked, before holding her firmly in place and planting his lips on hers.
It is exactly what Trump claimed, in the most recent presidential debate, that he did not do. And so Heller has added her voice to a chorus of women now accusing Trump of unwanted behavior. “He can’t claim we’re all liars,” Heller said.
Her allegation tracks closely what Trump claimed in a 2005 recording obtained by the Washington Post. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them,” Trump is heard saying on the tape. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
“And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Trump has denied that he ever acted on his words. But in speaking out about her experience, Heller joins eight other women who have publicly accused Trump of inappropriate come-ons, touching, or kissing over the past several decades. The allegations have opened a chasm within the Republican party as the presidential campaign enters the crucial final weeks, and have inspired Trump to issue a series of fulminating denials. This week, Trump called some of the women who have accused him “horrible, horrible liars”.
But Heller does not believe Trump’s many accusers are lying.
Their alleged encounter took place almost two decades ago – Heller believes the year was 1997 and she was at a Mother’s Day brunch – at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Heller, her husband, her three children and her in-laws were among dozens of families seated at big round tables in what she and a relative who spoke to the Guardian recall was an open lobby.
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