The president of United States, Donald Trump, was publicly denounced by the former model Amy Dorris, who accused him of having sexually assaulted her in 1997, during a meeting that both had when they coincided in the US Open de tenis. Dorris, who was 24 years old at the time and now lives in Florida, has told the British newspaper The Guardian the details of an alleged encounter after which she felt “sick” and “raped”.
It would have occurred in the bathrooms of a VIP room on the tennis court, in September 1997. The former model has provided evidence of her visit to the tournament and her meeting with Trump, then married to his second wife, Marla Maples. Too have corroborated the version, people around them to whom he told about the event shortly after it took place, including a psychologist.
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He pushed his tongue down my throat and I pulled him off. That’s when he grabs me tighter and starts groping me (…) everything, ”says Dorris.
“I felt raped, obviously, but I was still processing it and I just wanted to go back and talk to everyone, have a good time, because, I don’t know, I felt pressured to do so,” she says. During those days, he met several more times with Trump, a friend of his then partner, Jason Binn.
Trump denies it
Binn has not commented, although Trump’s lawyers have assured The Guardian that he does not remember Dorris recounting an episode like the one he now tells. Dorris, meanwhile, doesn’t remember if she told him all the details, but she did urge him to ask Trump to leave her.
The magnate’s lawyers have argued that the version of the alleged victim does not stand and assure that, if the abuse had occurred, there would be more witnesses. They have also asked why Morris continued to meet Trump and why he did not file a complaint with the authorities.
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Dorris alleges that she was “overwhelmed” and did not process what happened to her until later. “People spend years with others who have abused them, that’s what happens when something traumatic happens to you. You freeze, ”says the former model, who is 48 years old and has two daughters who are almost 13 years old.
She says she considered taking a step forward in 2016, when several women came out publicly to tell similar stories against Trump, but backed off out of fear of the harm it could do to her family. Now, she says she wants to teach her daughters a lesson: “Don’t let anyone do anything to you that you don’t want.”
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