And then there were 10……
Following the release of the Access Hollywood tape with Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, several women have come forward to confirm Trump’s own words. On Thursday yet another woman was added to the growing list of Trump’s victims. She makes the tenth woman to accuse him of assault.
Karena Virginia is a life coach and a mother who says that Trump’s behavior and actions toward her left a permanent scar that has affected her life since the inappropriate event. And Thursday, she sat alongside of Gloria Allred at the London Hotel in New York City as she tearfully told her story.
“I am here to stand up to Mr. Trump for myself, my family, and particularly, my daughter.”
Virginia said that she met Trump “by chance” in 1998 at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. She says that she was waiting for a car to leave when Trump started making inappropriate comments to her like, “Hey look at this one” and “We haven’t seen her before, look at those legs.”
Virginia claims that Trump then grabbed her right arm and touched her breast. (Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?)
“‘Don’t you know who I am, don’t you know who I am,’ he said. I felt intimidated and I felt powerless.” Virginia said, “I felt ashamed that I was wearing a short dress and high heels. That feeling of shame stayed with me for a while and it made me disinclined to wear short dresses or high heels.”
At Wednesday night’s third presidential debate Trump called all of his accusers liars. And he repeated one of his favorite lies. “Nobody respects women more than I do.”
Given the mounting allegations against him, Gloria Allred called his statement “ludicrous.” And I couldn’t agree more.