Jessica Drake accuses Trump of sexual misconduct
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11/ CNS) - A woman accused Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday of kissing her without permission a decade ago.
In a press conference at attorney Gloria Allred's Wilshire Boulevard office, adult film performer Jessica Drake said she met Trump in 2006 at a charity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe and accepted an invitation to visit him in his hotel room that night.
She said she arrived at his room with two other women because she didn't want to go alone, and Trump ``grabbed each of us tightly and kissed each one of us'' without their consent.
After talking for a while, she said she left the room and Trump reached her later by phone to invite her back. When she refused, Drake said that Trump offered her money, but she demurred by saying she had to work.
Since Oct. 7, when a 2005 videotape surfaced of Trump making crude comments about women with former ``Access Hollywood'' host Billy Bush, several women have come forward to accuse the multimillionaire businessman of making unwelcome sexual advances.
Trump has denied all those claims, and said at a rally earlier Saturday that he would be suing the women after the election.
In a statement released Saturday, the Trump campaign assailed the most recent accusations coming from Allred's office, saying a photo produced at the news conference of Trump and Drake standing next to each other was no proof of impropriety.
``This story is totally false and ridiculous,'' the statement said. ``The picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her.
The statement also slams the campaign of Trump's presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, insinuating it is the force behind the recent stream of similar allegations against Trump.
``This is just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate who just today is number one in three different polls,'' the statement said. ``Anyone who would pay thugs to incite violence at a rally against American citizens, as was released on video, will stop at nothing. Just another example of the Clinton campaign trying to rig the election.''