The Trump campaign presented a British man who is refuting a claim from the Jessica Leeds, the woman who told the New York Times that the GOP presidential nominee groped her in the first-class cabin of a New York-bound flight back in the 1980s.
The man says he was sitting across from Leeds and contacted the Trump campaign because he was incensed by her account — which is at odds with what he witnessed.
“What she said about Trump is wrong,” Anthony Gilberthorpe told the New York Post of Jessica Leeds’ allegations against the real estate mogul. “I mean, no decent human being could sit by and have a woman go on television and tell the United States of America — accuse an individual of sexually molesting. It’s wrong for Trump, it’s wrong for me. But you know something else? It’s wrong for the American people.”
Gilberthorpe told The Post that he was on the flight — either in 1980 or 1981 — Leeds is claiming the groping took place. He said he “cannot imagine why” Leeds would level such accusations against the GOP candidate.
“Not only did he not do so (and I was present at all times) but it was she that was the one being flirtatious,” Gilberthorpe, 54, told the outlet, adding that Leeds was “trying too hard” to win Trump’s affection.
In an interview with CNN, Leeds said, “The guy in the seat across the aisle could see. And I kept thinking, maybe the stewardess is going to come and he’ll stop, but she never came.”
That comment in particular frustrated Gilberthorpe, who asserted, “That I sat there — eyes bulging — and not intervening is nonsense.”
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