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Another woman accuses Donald Trump of groping her at a tennis event in 1998

News Agencies | First published: 21 October 2016, 8:23 IST
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Another woman accuses Donald Trump of groping her at a tennis event in 1998 (Photo: AFP)

Another woman came forward today claiming that Donald Trump groped her and made inappropriate sexual remarks, adding to accusations of nine other women that have emerged in recent days.

Karena Virginia, 45, a New York-area yoga instructor, said at a news conference that the celebrity billionaire and Republican presidential nominee had made an unwanted sexual advance at the 1998 US Open tennis tournament.

Virginia, reading from a written statement, said Trump pointed at her to other men.

Virginia, who was 27 at the time, said that Trump grabbed her by the arm and groped her.

"'Don't you know who I am, don't you know who I am?' he said," according to Virginia's statement.

"I felt intimidated and I felt powerless," she said, adding that she "felt ashamed" for wearing a short dress and high heels.

"That feeling of shame stayed with me for a while," she said.

Virginia spoke to reporters flanked by high-profile discrimination lawyer Gloria Allred, who said that her client "is not considering a lawsuit at this time."

The Trump campaign slammed the latest accusation of sexual misconduct as a tool meant to help Democratic rival Hillary Clinton win the November 8 election.

"Discredited political operative Gloria Allred, in another coordinated, publicity seeking attack with the Clinton campaign, will stop at nothing to smear Mr. Trump," said Jessica Ditto, the Republican's campaign deputy communications director, in a statement.

"Give me a break. Voters are tired of these circus-like antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton," she said.

-PTI

First published: 21 October 2016, 8:23 IST
 
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