UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump's campaign responded Thursday afternoon to yoga instructor Karena Virginia's allegation that he inappropriately touched her in 1998. Virginia, represented by attorney Gloria Allred, is the 10th woman to come forward in recent weeks with accusations of sexual misconduct by the Republican presidential nominee.
"Discredited political operative Gloria Allred, in another coordinated, publicity seeking attack with the Clinton campaign, will stop at nothing to smear Mr. Trump," Trump's deputy communications director, Jessica Ditto, said in a statement. "Give me a break. Voters are tired of these circus-like antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton."
Just hours after Republican candidate Donald Trump denied recent sexual assault accusations at the final presidential debate, a yoga instructor came forward with a new allegation Thursday. Karena Virginia, with her lawyer Gloria Allred, said Trump touched her breast after the 1998 U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York City.
Virginia said she was waiting for a car to pick her up after the tournament when Trump and a group of his peers approached her. She didn't know the billionaire, but he began talking about her to the other men.
"He said, 'Hey, look at this one. We haven't seen her before. Look at those legs,'" Virginia said Thursday. "As though I was an object rather than a person."
She alleged Trump took her right arm and touched the "right inside" of her breast. Virginia said she was shocked. "'Don't you know who I am?' That's what he said to me," she elaborated.
Virginia is a prominent yoga teacher and motivational speaker with nearly 14,000 Facebook fans. Her website claims she has spiritual wisdom and is an energy healer.
Allred, speaking after Virginia's Thursday statement, told reporters the woman decided to go public with her story after a tape of Trump making profane comments in 2005 surfaced earlier this month. "He should be ashamed, not only of his words, but of his behavior toward so many women," Virginia said.
Trump has denied the many sexual assault allegations that have surfaced in recent days. At Wednesday's debate, he told the audience he had not met the women who have said he inappropriately interacted with him. Trump then suggested his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, or the American media had planted the stories.
"First of all, those stories have been largely debunked. I don't know those people," he said. "I have a feeling how they came — I have a feeling it was her campaign who did it. I didn't even apologize to my wife ... because I didn't do anything."
When asked about these remarks Thursday, Allred mentioned that Trump has not provided any evidence that would disprove the women's stories.
"I don't believe they've been debunked," she said.