President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Amy Dorris says Trump groped her and forcibly kissed her at the US Open tennis tournament in 1997.

Former model Amy Dorris stepped forward this week to accuse President Donald Trump of sexual assault in the 1990s. Dorris is the 26th person to accuse Trump of some form of sexual misconduct since the 1970s. 

Dorris alleges that Trump accosted and sexually assaulted her in his VIP box at the 1997 US Open tennis tournament. She explained in an interview with The Guardian that the exchange made her feel “sick” and “violated.” Dorris said Trump forced his tongue down her throat and groped her body with a firm grip that made it impossible for her to escape. 

“He just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off. And then that’s when his grip became tighter and his hands were very gropey and all over my butt, my breasts, my back, everything,” she said. “I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it. But I pushed [his tongue]  out with my teeth. I was pushing it. And I think I might have hurt his tongue.”

According to the Guardian, Dorris’ story was shared with the publication more than a year ago. It wasn’t published at the time because Dorris says she felt unsure about going public. In the past, other women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, ranging from groping to rape, without any real legal consequences. Trump has also publicly called his accusers “liars” and said the accusations were fabricated, but provided no evidence to back that up. In 2016 he even claimed that the accusers would be taken to court over their allegations. 

“Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” Trump said during a 2016 rally. “Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.” But Trump has not moved forward with his pledges to sue his accusers. 

In June, the Department of Justice asked to take over Trump’s defense in a defamation lawsuit relating to allegations from E. Jean Carroll, a writer who came forward in 2019 to say that Trump raped her in a New York City department store in the 1990s. He is also facing a defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, who also accused Trump of forcibly kissing and groping her while she was a contestant on the Apprentice in 2007.

Dorris provided The Guardian with evidence to back up her account of what happened. She included her ticket to the US Open that year and photographs showing her with Trump over several days in New York. Her account of the incident has been corroborated by several people she confided in, including two that she told immediately after the event.

Dorris is now the mother of two twin, teenage daughters and she said she felt compelled to step forward and share her story to show them to stand up for themselves. 

“I’d rather be a role model. I want them to see that I didn’t stay quiet, that I stood up to somebody who did something that was unacceptable,” she said.