Amy Dorris, a former model, accused President Trump of sexually assaulting her during the 1997 U.S. Open.
Dorris, who was 24 at the time, told the Guardian that Trump sexually assaulted her outside a bathroom in a VIP box during the annual tennis tournament on Sept. 5 of that year. She also provided the outlet photographs and ticket stubs to show she was with the businessman that day and several times in the days that followed.
“He 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,” Dorris said.
“I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it,” she said, adding, “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.”
Trump’s lawyers fully deny that their client ever acted inappropriately toward Dorris.
Dorris said she was at the event with her boyfriend Jason Binn, a friend of Trump, and several other people, including Trump’s second wife, Marla Maples. Trump’s lawyers said that Binn did not recall hearing about the assault and maintained that the alleged assault could not have happened in the VIP box without other witnesses catching a glimpse.
But Dorris’s allegations were corroborated by her mother and a friend who both said that she told them about the assault when it happened. Dorris said that she felt trapped because she was at the event with Binn and did not have the money to leave New York to return home to Florida, which forced her to spend several days with Trump after the alleged assault.
Trump’s legal team argues that Dorris’s decision to continue spending time with Trump in the days following the U.S. Open discredited her claims.
Dorris said that she considered coming out with her allegations during the 2016 election when several other women accused Trump of sexual assault. Trump has denied all those accusations too.
Dorris said she decided not to do so because her twin daughters were young at the time, and she feared that they could be harmed by the blowback. She claimed she decided to come forward with her allegations now, less than two months ahead of the 2020 election, because her daughters are older, and she wants to be an example for them.
“Now 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,” she said. “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.”