July 20, 2016

NO ONE HATES JUST MEXICANS:

Jill Harth, woman who sued Trump over alleged sexual assault, breaks silence : Harth stands by claims of incident described in 1997 lawsuit as 'attempted rape' and wants apology from Trump: 'Don't call me a liar' (Lucia Graves, 20 July 2016, The Guardian)

In an hour-long interview at the Guardian's New York office on Tuesday, Harth said she stands by her charges against Trump, which run from low-grade sexual harassment to an episode her lawyers described in the lawsuit as "attempted 'rape'".

She first met Trump in December 1992 at his offices in Trump Tower, where she and her then romantic partner, George Houraney, were making a business presentation. The couple wanted to recruit Trump to back their American Dream festival, in which Harth oversaw a pin-up competition known as American Dream Calendar Girls. Harth described that meeting as "the highlight of our career".

But in other ways, it was something of a lowlight: Trump took an interest in Harth immediately and began subjecting her to a steady string of unwanted sexual advances, detailed by Harth in her complaint.

There was the initial leering in that first December meeting in Trump Tower, and the inappropriate questions after her relationship status. It continued the next night over dinner at the Plaza Hotel's Oak Room, where at a dinner with beauty pageant contestants she alleges he groped her under the table.

It culminated in January 1993, when Harth and Houraney were visiting his Florida mansion, Mar-a-Lago, to finalize and then celebrate the beauty pageant deal with a party.

After business concluded, Harth and Houraney were on tour of Mar-a-Lago along with a group of young pageant contestants - Trump wanted to "see the quality of the girls he was sponsoring", Harth recalled - when he pulled her aside into one of the children's bedrooms.

"He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again," Harth recalled, "and I had to physically say: 'What are you doing? Stop it.' It was a shocking thing to have him do this because he knew I was with George, he knew they were in the next room. And how could he be doing this when I'm there for business?"

One could argue that he's using racial and religious hatreds as a tactic, but his misogyny lies at the core of his being.

Posted by at July 20, 2016 7:19 PM

  

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