Monday, 17 October 2016

Another Woman Accuses Donald Trump of Sexual Assault

When Cathy Heller saw the video of Donald Trump telling Billy Bush how he just starts kissing beautiful women without their permission, Heller thought, “‘That’s him, that’s exactly how he acted, it happened to me,’ ” she tells PEOPLE.

 And when Trump dismissed his lewd comments during last Sunday’s debate as “locker room talk” and said that he had never kissed a woman without her permission, Heller, 63, says she knew it was about more than just words. “It drove me crazy,” the New York woman says. “It’s not just locker room talk. That’s who he is. He is a guy who grabs women.”

In the late ’90s, Heller says she was at a brunch at Mar-a-Lago — which she believes was on Mother’s Day — with her in-laws and children when her mother-in-law, a club member, introduced her to Trump. Heller says she extended her hand to shake Trump’s, but he took it and pulled her towards him to kiss her on the mouth. She pulled away and said no, she alleges. “He said ‘Oh, come on’ and he was angry,” Heller says. “He really grabbed me and he was holding me very tight to kiss me on the mouth.

 The incident left Heller “very angry and shaken,” Heller says. She immediately told her husband, Lloyd, who was nearby. “I said, ‘You should have punched him,’ ” Heller recalls. “I thought he was a scary guy then.” Lloyd tells PEOPLE he was “puzzled” why Trump would attempt something like that. “It was in a kinda public place,” he says. “And not something you would expect someone to do.”

 In the years that followed, Heller says she told friends and other family members about the incident. She decided to share the story with PEOPLE in the hopes that other women will come forward.

Trump has denied all the allegations against him, and his campaign refutes Heller’s story.

 “There is no way that something like this would have happened in a public place on Mother’s Day at Mr. Trump’s resort,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement to PEOPLE. “It would have been the talk of Palm Beach for the past two decades. “The reality is this: for the media to wheel out a politically motivated Democratic activist with a legal dispute against this same resort owned by Mr Trump does a disservice to the public, and anyone covering this story should be embarrassed for elevating this bogus claim.”

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