A New York-based yoga instructor on Thursday said that Republican nominee Donald Trump groped her at a tennis tournament in 1998.
Karena Virginia is the 13th woman in the past month to allege that Trump sexually mistreated her.
Speaking at a press conference organized by attorney Gloria Allred, Virginia described waiting for a car to pick her up at the 1998 U.S. Open in Queens, New York, when she noticed Trump and a few other men looking at her.
“Hey, look at this one, we haven’t seen her before,” Trump allegedly said to his friends. “Look at those legs.”
Virginia said Trump then walked over to her and grabbed her right arm. “And then his hand touched the right inside of my breast,” she recounted. She says she flinched, and Trump turned and said to her, “Don’t you know who I am?”
Right then, Virginia said, her car arrived, and she didn’t see Trump again for many years. The next time she saw him, he didn’t remember her.
“Perhaps you do not remember me,” she said Thursday, “but I can assure you I remember you.”
Virginia said that although her encounter with Trump was brief, it affected her for years afterward. She said she had trouble explaining to her husband why she felt so ashamed. “For years, I struggled with what to wear so as not to attract unwanted attention,” she said.