Jessica Drake is the latest woman (No. 11, by Variety and NBC News' count) to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, claiming that the GOP nominee hugged her tightly and kissed her after a 2006 golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Calif., then tried to offer her $10,000 to return to his suite (she says she declined). "Collectively, his words and his actions are a huge testament to his character: that of uncontrollable misogyny, entitlement, and being a sexual assault apologist," Drake said at a Saturday press conference in Los Angeles. But while Trump lashed out the same day during his so-called Gettysburg Address and promised to sue Drake and "all of these liars" who've come forward with claims against him, the attorneys for at least two of the women are already sending a message right back: "Bring it on," as Slate puts it.
Gloria Allred, representing Drake and two other accusers, warned at Drake's presser: "Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Trump," noting if he sues, he'll be subjected to intense questioning under oath from all the women's lawyers. And Lisa Bloom, attorney for Jill Harth, Trump's first accuser, tweeted dual statements from herself and her client Sunday with the comment "Spoiler: not backing down." Harth's statement noted, "Trump's calling me a liar again … only strengthens my resolve to speak the truth about what he did to me." Meanwhile, per LawNewz.com, an LA law firm partner has offered to represent the women pro bono should Trump sue. Ted Boutrous first made his offer in an Oct. 13 tweet, then again Saturday, adding, "Many other lawyers have offered to join me." Another commenter tweets: "And so begins the launch of the largest crowd-sourced legal defense fund in history."