A makeup artist decides to speak out for the first time about her alleged sexual harassment at the hands of the Republican presidential nominee of the United States.
Jill Harth, in an interview with the Guardian detailed how Trump pursued her and made multiple sexual advances towards her in 1993, even going so far as to ambush her in his daughter’s bedroom.
Harth first attempted to press charges in 1997 but decided to let bygones be bygones and kept quiet about the case.
But after Trump publicly declared Harth’s claims were meritless and his daughter Ivanka gave an interview in which she said her father was “not a groper,” Harth has decided to pursue the case and demand an apology — especially since she was being labeled as a liar and it was harming her business.
In her lawsuit, Harth claims she met Trump in 1992 during a presentation while she was working for American Dream beauty pageant festival. Trump took an immediate interest in Harth and began subjecting her to a string of sexual advances, despite the fact she was with her boyfriend, George Houraney, at the time.
“Basically he name-dropped throughout that dinner, when he wasn’t groping me under the table,” she testified. “Let me just say, this was a very traumatic thing working for him.”
The casual harassment allegedly almost turned to rape when Harth, Houraney and the beauty pageant contestants visited Trump’s Florida Mar-a-Lago mansion to celebrate the business deal. Harth stated she was shoved into one of the children’s bedrooms.
“He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again,” Ms Harth said, “and I had to physically say: ‘What are you doing? Stop it.’ It was a shocking thing to have him do this because he knew I was with George, he knew they were in the next room. And how could he be doing this when I’m there for business?”
Trump had divorced his first wife, Ivana Trump, by that time and was in the process of pursuing Marla Maples, whom he would marry later on.
When Trump’s office was asked to reply to the allegations, they highlighted inconsistencies in her statements by producing emails from her in which she expressed friendly feelings toward Trump and even asked to do his campaign trail makeup.
However, Harth has said those emails were sent months before Trump tried to discredit her.
“I’m not going to get an apology from him. That would be nice, but he — I don’t fully expect one,” Harth said. “But he really should have been taught, if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything, OK? Don’t call me a liar.”
She doesn’t expect an apology at all since Trump has denied all knowledge of her.
“I hardly even know this woman. I wouldn’t even know what she looked like at this point,” Trump said. “Why would she go to a rally and cheer, standing in line waiting for pictures?”
Trump, however, did admit he spoke with her briefly at the rally.