Former Model Amy Dorris Accuses Donald Trump Of Sexually Assaulting Her In 1997

Former Model Amy Dorris Accuses Donald Trump Of Sexually Assaulting Her In 1997

“I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it,” said Amy Dorris about the incident that occured during the 1997 US Open.

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For the past forty years, several women have come forward to add their names to the list of people who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. The most recent name on the list is that of former model Amy Dorris. According to The Guardian, Dorris has accused Trump of sexually assaulting her at the 1997 US Open, an alleged incident that left her feeling “sick” and “violated”. Dorris alleged that Trump approached her outside the bathroom of his VIP box at the tournament in New York on September 5th, 1997. Dorris, who was 24 at the time, alleges Trump forced his tongue down her throat. He also allegedly assaulted her all over her body and holding her in a grip she was unable to escape from.


“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," said Dorris. “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.” Unsurprisingly, Trump's lawyers have denied all allegations by Dorris using the strongest possible terms. Dorris, who lives in Florida, even provided evidence of her encounter with Trump including her ticket to the US Open and photos.


At the time, Trump was 51 and married to his second wife Marla Maples. She even had several people come forward to corroborate her statements as she'd confided in them about the incident, including a therapist and friends she spoke to in the years since. Her friend in New York and Dorris’s mother also supported her statements as they were the first people she'd called after the alleged assault. The now 48-year-old Dorris says she considered going public in 2016 when several women came forward with their statements against Trump. The mother of twins decided against it because she felt it might harm her family.


“Now I feel like my girls are about to turn 13 years old and I want them to know that you don’t let anybody do anything to you that you don’t want,” she said. “And I’d rather be a role model. I want them to see that I didn’t stay quiet, that I stood up to somebody who did something that was unacceptable.” Dorris reportedly spent several days with Trump after she went to New York for a long weekend by her then boyfriend, Jason Binn. Binn, the founder of several luxury fashion and lifestyle magazines, was a friend of Trump; in 1999, he reportedly described the real estate businessman as his “best friend”. On the day of the alleged assault, Binn reportedly took Dorris to meet Trump at his office in Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan before heading to the game together.


“He came on very strong right away,” Dorris said of Trump. “It seemed typical of a certain guy, people who just feel like they’re entitled to do what they want … even though I was there with my boyfriend.” Dorris said the alleged assault occurred when she got up to go to the bathroom, which was hidden behind a partition wall just metres from where Trump’s guests were seated.  “I was having some issues with my contact lenses,” she said. “I remember going in there to moisten my lens.” When she came out, she alleges, Trump was waiting outside. “Initially I thought that he was waiting to go to the bathroom, but that wasn’t the case, unfortunately,” she said.


She alleges Trump forced himself on her after a brief exchange in which she recalls nervously laughing and telling him: “No, get away.” She alleged she told Trump “no, please stop” but “he didn’t care”. “It doesn’t matter who you are,” she said. “Any time anyone says no, no means no. And that just didn’t work out for me. It wasn’t enough.” “I just kind of was in shock,” she added. “I felt violated, obviously. But I still wasn’t processing it and just was trying to go back to talking to everyone and having a good time because, I don’t know, I felt pressured to be that way.” Dorris revealed that she doesn't really remember if she told Binn about the assault, but she does recall telling him to tell Trump to leave her alone. She said she told Binn: “He’s all over me. I can’t deal with this. You have to do something.”


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