I'm sure she's never been grabbed before: Trump on porn star who accused him of groping

Jessica Drake speaks to reporters about allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump during a news conference in Los Angeles.
Jessica Drake speaks to reporters about allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump during a news conference in Los Angeles.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - Mr Donald Trump has disparaged the latest woman to accuse him of touching her inappropriately, derisively calling her a "porn star" and saying sarcastically, "Oh, I'm sure she's never been grabbed before."

The comment on Monday (Oct 24) was a response to the accuser, the adult film actress Jessica Drake, who over the weekend accused Mr Trump of groping and kissing her without her permission in 2006.

He also, she said, offered her US$10,000 (S$13,900) to go to his hotel room.

Ms Drake is one of several women to accuse him of unwanted aggressive sexual advances after the recent release of a 2005 recording in which Mr Trump boasted of being able to sexually assault women without consequence.

Mr Trump has called all of the allegations lies and has said that he does not know the women.

 
 

But in a radio interview on WGIR's New Hampshire Today, it was clear that Mr Trump was aware of Drake.

"One said, 'He grabbed me on the arm.' And she's a porn star," Mr Trump said, in comments that were reported earlier by CNN. "You know, this one that came out recently, 'he grabbed me and he grabbed me on the arm'."

He added, "Oh, I'm sure she's never been grabbed before."

The Republican presidential nominee has repeatedly lashed out at the women who have accused him of misconduct, suggesting in some cases that they were not attractive enough to warrant his attention.

He has also suggested that his accusers were seeking fame and working in conjunction with Mrs Hillary Clinton's campaign. Over the weekend, he vowed to sue those who have come forward.

The Clinton campaign has denied colluding with Mr Trump's accusers.

Ms Gloria Allred, the lawyer representing several of the women, has said that she expects more to come forward publicly with their stories.