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Groping suspect says Trump said it was OK to grab women

October 23, 2018 4:36 PM
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Groping suspect says Trump said it was OK to grab women

A man accused of groping a woman on an aircraft has told US police that President Donald Trump had said it was OK to grab women.

The man was charged in New Mexico with "abusive sexual contact" after he allegedly touched the breasts of the passenger sitting in front of him.

The woman was helped by aircraft staff to find a different seat and the man was arrested on arrival in Albuquerque.

A conviction of abusive sexual contact would carry a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a fine of $250,000 (£193,000).

The woman says in the complaint that she fell asleep after boarding but woke from being touched "on her right side at and around her 'bra line'".

She first assumed the contact had been by accident but half an hour later was allegedly being groped a second time.

The woman said she had then got up and confronted the man seated behind her.

She was helped by a crew member to move to another section of the aircraft for the remainder of the flight.

During the 2016 US presidential campaign, a tape surfaced on which Mr Trump can be heard bragging about grabbing women.

The tape was of a 2005 conversation with TV host Billy Bush with neither of the two men aware they were being recorded.

On it, Mr Trump can be heard saying that "you can do anything" to women and "grab them by the pussy".


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