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Former Model Amy Dorris Accuses President Trump of Alleged Sexual Assault at 1997 U.S. Open

by Josh Lanier
(Photo by Oliver Contreras/For The New York Times)

Amy Dorris, a former model, has come forward in a recent interview to accuse President Donald Trump of sexual assault at the 1997 U.S. Open. In an interview with The Guardian, Dorris accuses Trump of grabbing, groping and forcefully kissing her outside of his VIP box at the tennis tournament.

“He just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off. And then that’s when his grip became tighter and his hands were very gropey and all over my butt, my breasts, my back, everything,” she said in the videotaped interview.

“I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it,” she said, adding: “I don’t know what you call that when you’re sticking your tongue just down someone’s throat. But I pushed it out with my teeth. I was pushing it. And I think I might have hurt his tongue.”

She was 24 at the time, and he was 51, married to his second wife, Marla Maples.

“The allegations are totally false,” Jenna Ellis, a legal adviser to the Trump campaign, said in a statement to the New York Times. “We will consider every legal means available to hold The Guardian accountable for its malicious publication of this unsubstantiated story. This is just another pathetic attempt to attack President Trump right before the election.”

Amy Dorris provided the British newspaper with tickets to the 1997 US Open and six photos showing her with Trump during that time period. Her account was also backed up by several people she told about the incident at the time, including a friend, her mother as well as a therapist. She had also told several friends about this alleged incident in the following years.

Trump’s lawyers deny allegations

The president’s lawyers say Dorris timeline and version of events doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. If Trump had assaulted her as she claims there would have been multiple witnesses. No witnesses have come forward.

They also question why she waited until now to make these allegations, suggesting she is politically motivated. President Trump is currently in a heated re-election campaign against former Vice President Joe Biden.

Dorris said considered coming forward in 2016 when several other women accused Trump of sexual assault — Business Insider has compiled a list of those allegations and where they stand today — but she feared doing so could hurt her family.

Dorris says she came forward now because she wants to be a role model for her twin teenage daughters.

“I’m sick of him getting away with this,” she said. “I’m tired of being quiet. It’s kind of cathartic. I just want to get this out. And I want people to know that this is the man, this is our president. This is the kind of thing he does and it’s unacceptable.”