As he attempts to make his lead in the Republican presidential race unassailable at next week’s Super Tuesday primary contests, Donald Trump is being confronted with resurfaced allegations that he sexually assaulted and tried to rape a woman in the early 1990s.
She accused Trump of “outrageous conduct” in her April 1997 lawsuit, which she filed when she was 34. She alleged that Trump had forced her into a bedroom at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, following a business meeting in January 1993 and “subjected [her] to [Trump’s] unwanted sexual advances, which included touching of [her] private parts in an act constituting attempted ‘rape’”, the lawsuit stated. Trump then implied she should “keep her mouth shut”, she alleged. As she tried to leave, Trump again touched her sexually and made “Svengali-type proclamations of ‘love’”, she said, prompting her to vomit.
The woman claimed Trump began harassing her after becoming a partner in the American Dream Festival, which comprised a beauty pageant and other competitions. The festival, which the woman worked for, was devised and led by her then-boyfriend, whom she married in 1995, although they are no longer together.
In a report that year in the New York Daily News, Trump was quoted as saying that her lawsuit “was a desperate attempt to get me to settle” the separate contractual dispute. A later report said a settlement was reached in July and that she and her husband attended a party at Trump’s Florida estate to celebrate his separation from his wife Marla Maples.
Culled : theguardian