Karena Virginia, a self-styled “life coach” and yoga guru, came forward for the first time on Thursday to accuse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct. Alongside feminist attorney Gloria Allred, at the London Hotel in New York City, Virginia said she decided go public at her own volition. “I am here to stand up to Mr. Trump for myself, my family, and particularly, my daughter,” Virginia said, reading from a statement. She said she first encountered Trump “by chance” at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in 1998 when she was 27 years old. While she waited for a vehicle pick-up, Trump allegedly made comments at her, such as, “Hey, look at this one” and “We haven’t seen her before, look at those legs.”
The woman claimed Trump grabbed her right arm and then touched her breast. “‘Don’t you know who I am, don’t you know who I am,’ he said,” she recalled. “I felt intimidated and I felt powerless.” She added: “I felt ashamed that I was wearing a short dress and high heels. That feeling of shame stayed with me for a while and it made me disinclined to wear short dresses or high heels.”
Allred said Trump “selects his victims at random.” Trump has denied the allegations against him, which began to mount after the release of a 2005 tape in which he bragged about using his celebrity status to sexually assault women. He has called the women’s stories “lies and fiction,” and accused the Clinton campaign of planting them. At the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday night, Trump said “nobody respects women more than I do.” Allred said Trump’s response was “ludicrous” given the allegations against him.
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