Adult film star latest to accuse Trump
An adult film actress on Saturday accused GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump of kissing her without permission a decade ago, as well as offering to pay her.
Jessica Drake said in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred that after meeting Trump at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in 2006, he offered her $10,000 to come to his room, which she said she declined.
Drake said that the two first met while she was working at a booth at the golf course. She said she and Trump took a walk around the course and he asked her for her number, which she gave him.
Trump later invited her to his penthouse suite, she said, but she didn’t feel comfortable going alone so she went with two friends.
“When we entered the room he grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each of us on the lips without asking for permission,” Drake said at the press conference.
Drake said that she left Trump’s room after 30 or 45 minutes.
“After I returned to my room, I received a call from a man calling on Donald’s behalf,” she said. “He said that Donald wanted me to come back upstairs to Donald’s suite. I indicated that I did not wish to return.
“Then Donald called. He asked me to return to his suite and to have dinner with him. He also invited me to a party. I declined. Donald then asked me ‘what do you want?’ ‘How much?'” she said.
Drake said she made up an excuse about having to fly back to Los Angeles for work, but in reality “didn’t want to be with him.”
“After that I received another call either from Donald or a male calling on his behalf offering me $10,000,” Drake continued. “I declined again and once more gave as an excuse that I had to return to Los Angeles for work.
“I was then told that Mr. Trump would allow me the use of his private jet to take me home if I accepted his invitation,” she said.
The actress, who also works in sex education, said that afterward she related the story to some of her friends, whom she declined to name, citing privacy concerns.
“I am choosing to share my personal exchange in light of the recently released tapes to lend my voice, strength, and support to the other women who are coming forward,” she said.
Drake is the 11th woman who has come forward to accuse the Republican presidential nominee of sexual misconduct. The real estate tycoon has denied mounting allegations of groping or kissing women without their consent.
Trump’s campaign blasted Drake’s allegations on Saturday, calling her story “totally false and ridiculous.”
“This is just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate who just today is number one in three different polls,” Trump’s campaign said in its statement.
Earlier Saturday, Trump accused the media and women of “trying to poison the mind of the American voter” with false allegations.
“All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” Trump said.
Two of those accusers, including former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, came forward in press conferences with Allred in recent weeks.
On Thursday, the Trump campaign blasted Allred, who is a Hillary Clinton supporter, as a “political operative” seeking to smear the Republican nominee.
Allred pushed back on the accusation Saturday, noting that she has gone after a number of Democratic politicians, including former Rep. Anthony Weiner (N.Y.). She was also stressed that she had not been in contact with or received any direction from Clinton’s campaign.