Another accuser has come forward claiming that Donald Trump groped her.
Karena Virginia, a yoga instructor and life coach, appeared at a press conference on Thursday along with attorney Gloria Allred, claiming that Trump inappropriately touched her breast as she was waiting for a car to take her home from the U.S. Open in 1998.
“As I was waiting, Donald Trump approached me. I knew who he was, but I had never met him,” she said at the press conference in Manhattan. “He was with a few other men. 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,” she added. “He then walked up to me and reached [with] his right arm and grabbed my right arm. Then his hand touched the right inside of my breast. I was in shock. I flinched.”
Virginia said that Trump told her, “Don’t you know who I am?”
She said that she saw Trump again about five years ago at a business event, and that he looked at her “up and down.”
“I had come to the realization that I was the victim,” she said, adding that Trump “had violated me when he groped me years earlier.”
She then tearfully addressed the GOP candidate directly. “Mr Trump, perhaps you do not remember me or what you did to me so many years ago. But I can assure you that I remember you and what you did to me as if it were yesterday.”
Allred said that Virginia was not planning any legal action.
Trump has denied the allegations of other women who have come forward. At the debate on Wednesday, he said that all of their stories have been “debunked,” even though in some cases other witnesses have come forward to corroborate accusers’ accounts. Trump also accused Hillary Clinton’s campaign of having a role in orchestrating the allegations.
Virginia referred to the incident in a Facebook post on Oct. 8.
Jessica Ditto, deputy communications director for the Trump campaign, said, “Discredited political operative Gloria Allred, in another coordinated, publicity seeking attack with the Clinton campaign, will stop at nothing to smear Mr. Trump. Give me a break. Voters are tired of these circus-like antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton.”
Allred was a Clinton delegate to the Democratic National Convention in July. She attended a fundraiser for the Clinton campaign last week in Beverly Hills.
Allred last week appeared with another accuser, Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice.” Zervos claims that after she was on the show, she set up a meeting with Trump for business advice. But she said that when she arrived to meet him at a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007, he made unwanted sexual advances on her.