‘Grabbed and pulled behind a tapestry’: 43 more women come forward with new allegations against Trump

Washington Examiner 2 months ago

An upcoming book has promised to reveal 43 new allegations of inappropriate behavior against President Trump, including 26 instances of unwanted sexual contact.

A sneak preview of the bombshell book titled All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator and provided by Esquire explains that "journalists Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy draw on over 100 interviews, many of them exclusive, to craft a detailed history of Trump's relationships with women, stretching back to his childhood and education as well as his rise through real estate, entertainment, and politics."

The exclusive excerpt from the book alleges that the early days of Trump's courtship of first lady Melania Trump were marred by instances of infidelity and unwelcome advances by Trump on multiple women. One particular account details an early 2000s New Year's Eve party during which Karen Johnson, a regular of Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, claims Trump grabbed her as she was about to leave with her husband.

"I hadn’t seen [Trump] that whole entire night,” said Johnson, who was nearing 40 at the time. “I was just walking to the bathroom. I was grabbed and pulled behind a tapestry, and it was him. And I’m a tall girl and I had six-inch heels on, and I still remember looking up at him. And he’s strong, and he just kissed me."

Johnson was shocked, as she wasn't particularly close to Trump, claiming she only vaguely knew him from around the exclusive club.

"I was so scared because of who he was ... I don’t even know where it came from," she said of the incident. "I didn’t have a say in the matter." Johnson then says that Trump informed her that Melania had retreated upstairs and Johnson should help him bid farewell to the guests as they left the party. "So I stood next to him while he greeted some guests out the door,” Johnson described. “I was afraid to say what had happened ... I didn’t even know how it happened."

Johnson said Trump pursued her for some time after the incident, calling her often and offering to send her a car to pick her up and bring her back to Mar-a-Lago. Johnson, whose husband was dying of multiple sclerosis at the time, claims she declined all of Trump's advances and never returned to the Palm Beach club. Years later, she says, media coverage of the notorious hot-mic Access Hollywood tape from 2005 rang true to her.

"When he says that thing, ‘Grab them in the pussy,’ that hits me hard because when he grabbed me and pulled me into the tapestry, that’s where he grabbed me—he grabbed me there in my front and pulled me in," she said.

Trump has consistently denied all allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Prior to All the President's Women, Trump had been accused of sexual impropriety by at least two dozen women, including author and columnist E. Jean Carroll, who claims Trump groped her and assaulted her in the dressing room of an upscale department store.

"She's not my type," the president said of Carroll earlier this year. "I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her. She is — it’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that."


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