Jill Harth, the complainant in allegations of sexual assault against the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, spoke out Wednesday in an interview with the Guardian. This is the first time she has spoken out in detail about her experience with Trump in 1997.
According to the makeup artist, Trump pursued her, cornered her, and groped in her in his daughter’s bedroom. Harth accused him of “attempted rape.” Trump denied the claims back in May, calling Harth’s accusations “meritless.”
Harth feels that her business has suffered from the negative publicity of being called a liar in such a public forum, and is demanding an apology.
During an hour-long interview with the Guardian, Harth says she is not reneging on any of the accusations, which include sexual harassment and attempted rape.
Harth met Donald Trump when she and her partner, George Houraney, wanted to involve Trump in a pin-up competition, called “American Dream Calendar Girls” in late 1992. According to Harth, Trump continually pursued her sexually, asking inappropriate questions about her romantic relationship with Houraney and groping her under a table at where they met with beauty pageant contestants for the project.
According to Harth, in January 1993, she and Houraney met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida home to conclude and celebrate their business transaction. During a tour of the mansion with her, Houraney, and some of the pageant women, Harth says that Donald Trump pulled her aside into a what she believed to be one of the children’s bedrooms.
‘He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again, and I had to physically say: “What are you doing? Stop it.” It was a shocking thing to have him do this because he knew I was with George, he knew they were in the next room. And how could he be doing this when I’m there for business?’
Harth has avoided speaking publicly about the incident and the lawsuit for 20 years, But now she wants an apology from the real estate mogul turned presidential candidate.
At the time she met Trump, he had just gone through a divorce with his first wife Ivana and was dating his second wife, Marla Maples. Despite this, Harth says that Donald Trump pursued her romantically as well as sexually.
‘Trump did everything in his power to get me to leave [George]. He constantly called me and said: “I love you, baby, I’m going to be the best lover you ever had. What are you doing with that loser, you need to be with me, you need to step it up to the big leagues.” ‘
After settling out of court, it seemed that the two had buried the hatchet when Trump announced his run for the Republican nomination, and Harth even attended a Trump rally, where they both agreed to remain friendly and not speak about the assault or the lawsuit.
However, The New York Times ran a story last May, covering Trump’s history of poor behavior with women and the allegations were revealed.
Harth says that since the article was published, the Trump campaign and even Donald Trump, himself, called her repeatedly, asking her to recant the statements. Harth refused. As the campaign continues to question her integrity, Harth decided to open up during the interview with the Guardian. Harth said:
‘I’m not going to get an apology from him. That would be nice, but he – I don’t fully expect one. But he really should have been taught, if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything, OK? Don’t call me a liar.’
The following is the lawsuit documents filed in 1997 by Jill Harth, documenting his harassment of her. The files are provided on Scribd, courtesy of LawNewz.
H/T: The Guardian
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