KEY POINTS

  • The actress and former-model accused Trump of sexually assaulting her while attending the 1997 U.S. Open
  • Dorris is the 26th woman to come forward with accusations of sexual assault, joining his ex-wife Ivana Trump and various other models, businesswomen, etc.
  • Trump is currently being sued by writer E. Jean Carroll for defamation in New York state court

President Donald Trump faced another sexual assault allegation Thursday after a former model alleged she had altercation with him during the 1997 U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

Trump’s latest accuser is Amy Dorris, 48, an actress and former model who attended the tournament with her then-boyfriend and publisher Jason Binn. She spoke with The Guardian about the alleged altercation with Trump outside the bathroom of his VIP box suite. He was 51 then and she was 24.

Dorris provided multiple photos of her with Trump and her ticket from the U.S. Open to confirm her attendance.

“He just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off,” she said. “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.

“I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it,” she continued, 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.”

The Guardian also spoke to people Dorris confided in, including her mother, her therapist, and several friends whose names were not released.  Her mother and at least one of her friends said they were told when Dorris’ called immediately after the alleged altercation. The events they described matched Dorris’ recounting of the altercation.

Trump’s legal team has vehemently denied the latest accusations of sexual assault against the president, saying he never harassed or acted inappropriately toward Dorris. They said Binn never witnessed any inappropriate interactions, either, and questioned his ex-girlfriend’s recounting of events as the couple also attended the Versace memorial with Trump several days after the alleged assault.

Instead, Trump’s team suggested Dorris’ accusation was politically motivated given how close it was made to the 2020 general election in November.

Dorris said she considered coming forward in 2016, but decided against it to protect her family from the possible media blitz.

“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,” Dorris 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.”

This is nothing new for Trump, who has been accused repeatedly of sexual assault since the 1970s. Dorris is the 26th woman to come forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior by the then-business mogul.

One of the first accusations came from his ex-wife, Ivana Trump, who alleged he raped her during their very-public divorce hearings in 1989. However, no criminal charges were filed as she later recanted and she has spoken little about it publicly because of a confidentiality clause in their divorce settlement.

Businesswoman Jill Harth was the only other woman before Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign to accuse him of sexual assault. She filed a lawsuit in 1997, alleging Trump committed non-violent sexual assault while at Trump’s Florida Mar-A-Lago property. She also accused him of harassing her after the incident, but later withdrew the lawsuit as part of a settlement in a separate lawsuit.

After Trump’s 2016 campaign began, numerous women came forward accusing the then-Republican presidential candidate of inappropriate behavior or sexual assault. The accusers included models, Miss USA contestants, businesswomen, authors, reporters, and others. Most commonly they accused Trump of groping them inappropriately or forcibly kissing them.

Several women also came forward saying they had affairs with Trump, the most famous now being porn star Stormy Daniels. Those accusations led to the conviction of Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for perjury and violating campaign finance laws for paying out hush money to these women ahead of the 2016 election.

Around the same time, a 2005 recording was leaked of Trump seemingly bragging about how he “can do anything” to women given his status, including the now infamous “grab them by the p***y” quote. Trump defended his language, saying it was nothing more than "locker-room talk."

Despite the accusations, only three other accusers took Trump to court for his alleged actions – writer E. Jean Carroll, former “The Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, and former Trump campaign aide Alva Johnson. Johnson dropped her lawsuit in September 2019 while Zervos’ case was put on hold in January.

Carroll’s defamation lawsuit is moving forward in New York, but the U.S. Department of Justice filed to replace Trump’s personal defense team on Sept. 9. The DOJ is also trying to have the lawsuit moved to federal court, where it would effectively be dropped. A New York state court is currently reviewing the filing but has not yet reached a decision.

Donald Trump is facing another allegation of sexual assault. Donald Trump is facing another allegation of sexual assault. Photo: AFP / MANDEL NGAN