Fewer than 24 hours after the conclusion of the final presidential debate, another woman has come forward with allegations of unwanted sexual contact against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Appearing at a press conference in New York City alongside attorney Gloria Allred, a tearful Karena Virginia detailed her accusations against Trump, which she said occurred during a 1998 encounter at the U.S. Open.
Virginia, a 45-year-old yoga teacher and lifestyle coach, said she ran into Trump, who was with a group of other men, while waiting for a car outside of the annual tennis tournament in the New York City borough of Queens. “I knew who he was, but I had never met him. He was with a few other men,” Virginia said. “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.”
According to Virginia, Trump approached her, grabbed her arm, and then touched the inside of her breast. “I was in shock. I flinched,” she recalled. She said when she recoiled, Trump responded, “‘Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?’ That’s what he said to me,” she said.
“I have been fearful of bringing unwanted attention to my loving family and me,” Virginia told reporters. “But in the end, I feel that it is my duty as a woman, as a mother, a human being and as an American citizen to speak out and tell the truth.”
Allred said Virginia is “not considering a lawsuit” against Trump, but decided to speak out against him after Trump, under questioning at the final presidential debate about similar allegations made by nine other women, described the claims as “fiction” and declared “Nobody has more respect for women than I do. Nobody,” before a national audience again.
‘Mr. Trump, you may have thought that without consequences,” Allred said. “But there are always consequences. There are consequences for the women that you have hurt, and there are consequences for you as well.”
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