A book excerpt published by Esquire on Wednesday contains a new accusation of sexual assault against President Donald Trump.
The excerpt, part of Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy’s forthcoming book All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator, contains an account from a woman named Karen Johnson who says Trump groped her and forcibly kissed her at a Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve party in the early 2000s.
Johnson says she was at Mar-a-Lago with her husband and another relative when Trump grabbed her, pulled her behind a tapestry, and assaulted her. From the book excerpt:
Johnson is at least the 23rd woman to come forward with an on-record account of sexual misconduct allegedly committed by Trump. Many of those women came forward following the October 2016 release of the Access Hollywood hot mic tape in which Trump was recorded bragging about groping women and kissing them without their consent.
Referring to that tape, Johnson told Levine and El-Faizy that “[w]hen he says that thing, ‘Grab them in the pussy,’ that hits me hard because when he grabbed me and pulled me into the tapestry, that’s where he grabbed me.”
The excerpt notes that Johnson’s account of the evening is corroborated by “documentation and photographs,” as well as by a friend who Johnson told about the assault years before Trump ran for president. Johnson is at least the fourth woman to accuse Trump of sexual assault at Mar-a-Lago, following Jill Hearth, Cathy Heller, and Natasha Stoynoff.
Johnson says that Trump pursued her in the days following the alleged assault before eventually ceasing contact.
Esquire notes that Levine and El-Faizy’s book contains many more previously unreported allegations against Trump.
“While the president has publicly faced allegations from two dozen women, this book reveals another 43 allegations of alleged inappropriate behavior, including 26 instances of unwanted sexual contact,” a note before the excerpt says.
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