‘I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall.’
People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff published a shocking first-person essay piece this Wednesday in which she described the moment she says presidential candidate Donald Trump cornered her in a room and sexually assaulted her.
In the article, Stoynoff explains how she was assigned to interview Trump and his then-pregnant wife Melania for a first wedding anniversary feature in 2005, and had travelled to the real estate mogul’s Mar-a-Lago mansion, when Trump took her on a private tour of the estate, telling her there was a “tremendous” room she had to see.
‘We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat,’ Stoynoff wrote.
Completely caught off-guard and trying to unpin herself from the 6ft 2inch man, the journalist says she was ‘grateful’ when Trump’s butler interrupted the unwanted encounter, coming into the room to announce Melania would be there soon.
‘In those few minutes alone with Trump, my self-esteem crashed to zero,’ the author revealed.
Just seconds before Melania joined them, Stoynoff alleges Trump cockily announced, “You know we’re going to have an affair?” and explained he’d be the “best sex” she ever had, before switching back into loving husband mode when his wife reappeared on the scene.
‘It didn’t seem to register to him in the slightest that what he’d done might have hurt or offended me, or his wife,’ Stoynoff explained.
When she arrived late for a massage appointment at Mar-a-Lago’s spa the next morning, Stoynoff revealed she was told Trump had been there waiting for her moments earlier, and panicked he would return and force himself on her again.
‘I lay on the massage table, but my eyes were on the doorknob the entire time. He’s going to show up and this guy’s going to let him in with me half-naked on a table. I cut the session short, got dressed and left for the airport.’
The People magazine reporter says she confided in a colleague about the incident the next day, but, like many victims of sexual assault, felt ashamed and blamed herself for what had happened. Subsequently, Stoynoff says she decided not to go public for fear the truth would ruin her career.
‘I doubted my recollection and my reaction. I was afraid that a famous, powerful, wealthy man could and would discredit and destroy me, especially if I got his coveted People feature killed,’ she wrote.
Trump has since denied the allegations, saying at a press conference, “Look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don’t think so.”
This comment in itself is highly disturbing, the implication being that Stoynoff was not attractive enough for Trump to sexually assault. However, the recording of Trump telling reporter Billy Bush he moves on women “like a bitch” and “just kisses them”, which was leaked last week, makes Stoynoff’s story even more likely to be accurate. Despite the 70 year-old’s insistence that the comments were merely “locker room talk” at the recent presidential debate, Republicans have since been pulling their support for Trump in mass numbers.
Moreover, Stoynoff is not the only woman speaking out about having an unwanted sexual encounter with the presidential candidate. Last week, makeup artist Jill Harth revealed Trump had repeatedly sexually assaulted her, and back in July, a woman known as Jane Doe filed a lawsuit against Trump for raping her when she was 13 years-old.
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