10th Woman Accuses Trump of Groping

Karena Virginia says he touched her breast after 1998 US Open
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2016 4:35 AM CDT
10th Woman Accuses Trump of Groping
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Delaware County Fair on Thursday in Delaware, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Another woman has come forward to accuse Donald Trump of inappropriately touching her—and to then be called a liar by the Trump campaign. Karena Virginia, a yoga instructor and life coach, appeared with attorney Gloria Allred at a press conference in New York Thursday, where she accused Trump of groping her after the 1998 US Open, NBC reports. Virginia, who was 27 at the time, says she was waiting for a ride home from the tennis tournament when she heard Trump discussing her legs with a group of other men. "He then walked up to me and reached his right arm and grabbed my right arm, then his hand touched the right inside of my breast. I was in shock. I flinched," she says.

She says Trump, whom she had never met before, asked her: "Don't you know who I am?" Virginia, the 10th woman in recent weeks to accuse Trump of misconduct, says she felt ashamed for a long time after the encounter and blamed herself for wearing a short dress and high heels, USA Today reports. She says she decided to come forward because it is her "duty as a woman, a mother, and an American citizen to speak out and tell the truth about what happened to me." The New York Times reports that Trump spokeswoman Jessica Ditto called Allred a "discredited political operative," accused her of working with the Clinton campaign, and said voters are tired of "fictional stories" and "circuslike antics." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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