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Adult film star accuses Trump of sexual harassment

Monday, Oct 24, 2016,13:29 IST By metrovaartha A A A

US | An eleventh woman has accused Donald Trump of sexual assault, threatening the already fragile campaign of the controversial Republican presidential nominee who vowed to sue every such complainant.

At a news conference in Los Angeles, Jessica Drake, an adult film actress, said that she met Trump ten years ago at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, California. She was then invited to Trump’s suite. She went there along with some of her women friends.

Drake, 42, alleged that Trump grabbed her and two other unidentified women tightly and kissed them without their “permission”. She was later offered USD 10,000 for coming to his room.

Later, an unknown person called her on Trump’s behalf, inviting her to come back to his room alone, which she refused.

“After I returned to my room, I received a call from a man calling on Donald’s behalf. He said that Donald wanted me to come back upstairs to his suite. I indicated that I did not wish to return,” she said.

“He asked me to return to his suite and have dinner with him. He also invited me to a party. I declined,” she alleged.

Trump then he asked, “What do you want? How much?” offering USD 10,000, Drake, who was accompanied by attorney Gloria allred, said.

Eleven women have so far accused Trump of sexual misconduct since the leak of 2005 video in which he is seen making lewd remarks about woman, prompting a rare apology from the Republican presidential candidate.

Like many of the women before her, Drake said her decision was sparked by watching a 2005 video of Trump bragging about getting away with assaulting women because of his celebrity status.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has refuted the charges claiming that the story is completely “false” and the “picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Trump.”

“Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her,” the Campaign said.

“This is just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate who just today is number one in three different polls,” it said.

“Anyone who would pay thugs to incite violence at a rally against American citizens, as was released on video, will stop at nothing. Just another example of the Clinton campaign trying to rig the election,” said the Trump Campaign.

Terming the allegation against him as “total fabrication” 70-year-old Trump had said, “All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”