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In 2016, a major news publication revealed a hot mic recording from 2005 in which President Trump boasted about committing sexual assault. During the 20 days that followed, 15 women shared their allegations that Trump sexually abused them. Most recently, Amy Dorris has done the same.
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Who is Amy Dorris?
Amy Dorris is an actress and model who has played roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2000 and 2003. She was also in the 1999 movie Any Given Sunday and the 2009 movie Foreclosure Soldier.
When does Amy Dorris allege Donald Trump assaulted her?
On September 17, Dorris accused President Trump of forcibly kissing and groping her at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens, New York on September 5, 1997. Dorris first shared her allegation with a news publication in private 15 months before it was published, but she was unsure about going public.
Dorris, who was 24 at the time of the alleged assault, said she went to New York for a long weekend with her then-boyfriend, Jason Binn. Binn, the founder of several luxury fashion and lifestyle magazines, was friends with Trump. Dorris and Binn went to the U.S. Open with Trump and his friends and watched the tournament from Trump’s private box.
What does Amy Dorris say happened during the assault?
Dorris said the alleged assault occurred when she left to go to the bathroom, which was hidden from view by a partition in Trump’s private box, to moisten her contact lenses. She said that when she left the bathroom, Trump was outside waiting for her. She alleged that Trump forced himself on her after a brief conversation, and she nervously laughed and told him, “No, get away.”
Additionally, Dorris said she told Trump, “no, please stop” but that he did not listen. She accused Trump of holding her in a grip strong enough that she couldn’t escape him. After the alleged assault, Dorris was in shock and told Binn that she felt uncomfortable around Trump.
Dorris said that she told a couple of friends, Dawn Capp and Kerri Whitfield, shortly after the alleged incident occurred. Both friends, who are not public figures, said Dorris privately told them about the assault during the fall of 1997. One of her friends, who voted for Trump, said that she immediately believed Dorris’s public accusation because Dorris had told her the same story. Binn recently said that he did not remember Trump’s advances and that reading the article was the first time he heard about the alleged assault.
Dorris said Trump did not assault her again during her stay in New York. However, she said he continued to pursue her despite her rejection of his advances. Additionally, she is seen in pictures with him after the alleged incident, and she said she could not go home because she didn’t have the money to travel.
Have other women accused Trump of sexual assault?
Amy Dorris is one of 25 women who have accused President Trump of sexual abuse. Many of the alleged victims said that Trump assaulted them in the late 1990s and early 2000s. During the 2020 presidential election cycle, many white women are also sharing their regret of previously voting for President Trump. Among Americans who voted in the 2016 election, 47 percent of white women voted for Trump.