Woman Says Donald Trump Groped Her at a Nightclub in the Early '90s

Trump kisses a “Women for Trump” sign during a campaign rally in Florida. Photo via AP
Trump kisses a “Women for Trump” sign during a campaign rally in Florida. Photo via AP

The Washington Post reports that a woman named Kristin Anderson is accusing Donald Trump of reaching under her skirt and groping her at a nightclub in the early ‘90s. Anderson didn’t approach the newspaper; reporter Karen Tumulty writes that she heard the story from an acquaintance and contacted Anderson.

The Post reports that Anderson is now 46 and living in Southern California, and that she spent “several days deciding whether to go public.” Eventually, she consented to share her story with Tumulty, which she says happened when she was in her early 20s and living in New York, working as a model, makeup artist and hostess. The alleged incident has all the subtlety and charm we’ve come to expect from the Donald:

Kristin Anderson was deep in conversation with acquaintances at a crowded Manhattan nightspot and did not notice the figure to her right on a red velvet couch — until, she recalls, his fingers slid under her miniskirt, moved up her inner thigh, and touched her vagina through her underwear.

Anderson shoved the hand away, fled the couch and turned to take her first good look at the man who had touched her, she said.

She recognized him as Donald Trump: “He was so distinctive looking — with the hair and the eyebrows. I mean, nobody else has those eyebrows.”


Anderson also said that the incident was over in seconds but that Trump was strangely “nonchalant” about it:

“It wasn’t a sexual come-on. I don’t know why he did it. It was like just to prove that he could do it, and nothing would happen,” Anderson said. “There was zero conversation. We didn’t even really look at each other. It was very random, very nonchalant on his part.”

The Trump campaign, through spokeswoman Hope Hicks, denied this one too. Another accuser, as yet unnamed, is set to hold a press conference later today.

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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And yet, from the NYT:

“It’s baloney to come out now,” Dianne DeWolfe, a Donald J. Trump supporter, said. “They’re opportunists. Listen, no man attacks a woman unless she’s looking like she’s asking for it.”

This is the kind of person we are dealing with. These people walk the same Earth we do.