Donald Trump has been accused of another 26 instances of sexual assault and nearly 50 cases of inappropriate behavior in a new book detailing the president's alleged pattern of misconduct and abuse of women.
In All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator, authors Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy share the stories of 43 women who establish a narrative of Trump as a serial sexual assaulter. An excerpt shared by Esquire details the story of Karen Johnson, who claims that Trump hid behind a tapestry at Mar-a-Lago to trap and kiss her
“When he says that thing, ‘Grab them in the p****,’ that hits me hard because when he grabbed me and pulled me into the tapestry, that’s where he grabbed me—he grabbed me there in my front and pulled me in,” she said of a New Year's Eve party at Trump's Florida resort.
“I was just walking to the bathroom,” she explained. “I was grabbed and pulled behind a tapestry, and it was him. And I’m a tall girl and I had six-inch heels on, and I still remember looking up at him. And he’s strong, and he just kissed me.”
Johnson said that she felt afraid and powerless after the alleged assault.
“I was so scared because of who he was," she said. "I don’t even know where it came from. I didn’t have a say in the matter.”
Trump has repeatedly denied any claims that he sexually assaulted women, despite famously admitting as much on tape in that now infamous Access Hollywood clip.
The book draws from over 100 interviews with women in Trump's orbit, and paints a picture of a predatory man who hides behind his wealth to avoid consequences. It's due out on October 22. Read the first excerpt over at Esquire.