A Jewish woman who says Donald Trump forcibly kissed her consulted with her rabbi before going public with her account of the incident.
Cathy Heller, 63, said she was outraged when Trump denied attacking women because he forced himself on her during a party at his Florida mansion in the 1990s.
She told her husband and other friends about the incident, but decided to join a stream of women making similar accusations of sexual misconduct against the presidential candidate after talking to her spiritual advisor, People magazine reported.
“I do feel it’s important, I feel that that there are dozens if not hundreds of women who have similar experiences or worse” she told the magazine. “I hope they all have the courage to come out, it’s important to know this about a presidential candidate.”
Heller did not name the rabbi in the interview.
The New York woman said she was at a brunch at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate with her husband and children when her mother-in-law, a club member, introduced her to Trump.
Heller says she extended her hand to shake Trump’s, but he took it and pulled her towards him to kiss her on the mouth. She tried to resist but the mogul pulled him towards her.
“He said ‘Oh, come on’ and he was angry,” Heller says. “He really grabbed me and he was holding me very tight to kiss me on the mouth.
“He was strong,” she continues. “And he really caught me off guard and off balance, literally.”
Trump has been buffetted by similar accusations of miscunduct by a parade of women in the closing weeks of the race for the White House.
Like others, Heller said she was spurred to speak out by the bombshell video in which Trump described similar attacks — and his later denial that he actually assaulted any women.
Trump has derided the accusations as politically motivated lies.