19 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. Here’s what their stories have in common.
Allegations of women who’ve accused Trump of non-consensual sexual contact share many details, from forced kisses to where it took place.
oday, writer E. Jean Carroll goes to court in a unique case: she accused the sitting president of defamation. But when she came forward in 2019 to say Trump had raped her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s, her story started with a familiar detail.
“The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips,” she wrote in June 2019.
Former model Amy Dorris, the latest to come forward just last month to allege that Trump had sexually assaulted her in 1997 at the US Open tennis tournament, said it began in a similar way.
“He just grabbed me. And he just shoved his tongue down my throat,” Dorris told the Guardian. “His grip was hard, you know, you couldn’t pull away.”
Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis said Dorris’ claim was “totally false” and an attempt to attack Trump before the election.
Thirteen of the 19 women who have accused Trump of sexual assault or non-consensual physical contact said he kissed them without consent, often out of the blue, sometimes holding them firmly in place.
Another reason the scene is familiar: It’s how Trump himself described his approach to women in a 2005 recording of what he thought was a private conversation, released in 2016.
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them,” he said in the now-infamous Access Hollywood recording. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
Carroll brought a defamation case against Trump after he allegedly slandered her in denying her claims.Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice attempted to intervene in the case by putting the federal government, rather than Trump himself, in the position of defendant.
Today, oral arguments begin between Carroll’s attorneys and the Justice Department to consider whether the DOJ can move forward.
In their own words, here is how Carroll and other women describe their encounters with Trump: