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An NYC yoga instructor and mother recalls the day the Republican presidential nominee allegedly gropped her breast.
Yet another woman is accusing Donald Trump of sexual assault.
Coming forward with her story just one day after Trump received less-than-stellar reviews for his performance at the final round of 2016 presidential debates on Wednesday, yoga instructor Karena Virgina says Trump groped her breast during a brief 1998 encounter in New York City.
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“As I was waiting, Donald Trump approached me,” Virginia said as she sat alongside attorney Gloria Allred at a press conference on Thursday. “I knew who he was, but I had never met him. He was with a few other men.”
The self-described life coach and mother then went on to detail Trump’s sexually offensive comments and actions as they played out, to her surprise. “I was quite surprised when I overheard him talking with the other men about me,” she continued. “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 Think Progress, Virginia became emotional when speaking on the moment Trump assaulted her. “He then walked up to me and reached his right arm and grabbed my right arm,” she said. “Then his hand touched the right inside of my breast. I was in shock. I flinched. ‘Don’t you know who I am?’”
Virginia told reporters she decided to come forward with her story after seeing the recently-released tape in which Trump is heard bragging about grabbing women “by the pussy,” just after a 2005 interview with Access Hollywood. She says she made the decision to speak out despite being advised to keep quiet because she wanted to show her support for other women who were victimized by Trump and stand up for herself.
“I am here today to add my voice to that of other Trump accusers,” she concluded. “I am here to stand up to Mr. Trump for myself, for my family, particularly my daughter and for all the women who deserve to be respected and not subjected to sexual abuse by powerful men.”
Trump’s Deputy Communications Director Jessica Ditto released a statement in response to the latest sexual assault allegations from Virginia, describing them as “another coordinated, publicity seeking attack with the Clinton campaign.”
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