Jessica Leeds Testifies Trump Assaulted Her At E. Jean Carroll Trial: ‘Like He Had 40 Zillion Hands’
Jessica Leeds testified in a New York civil lawsuit, alleging that former President Donald Trump sexually assaulted her. Leeds lent her testimony to the case brought by author E. Jean Carroll, who claims Trump raped her in the mid-1990s.
Leeds first accused Trump of misconduct after the behind-the-scenes Access Hollywood tape caught Trump bragging about forcibly touching women’s genitalia.
Leeds told the jury that Trump assaulted her on a flight to New York City in the late 1970s. She said that Trump offered his accompanying seat to him after he spotted Leeds in the coach class.
Leeds said a flight attendant told her that Trump reserved a seat for her, “the gentleman sitting by the window introduced himself as Donald Trump.”
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She testified her assault happened after a few moments of conversation.
“We were sitting there, and all of a sudden, Trump decided to kiss me and grope me,” Leeds alleged about the encounter. “He was grabbing my breasts. It’s like he had 40 zillion hands.”
“It was when he started putting his hand up my skirt that kind of gave me a jolt of strength, and I managed to wriggle out of the seat, and I went storming back to my seat in coach.”
Leeds said that the “tussle” lasted a few seconds, but she was amazed by the lack of response from the other plane occupants.
“I remember thinking, ‘Where is the stewardess, and why doesn’t somebody come and help me.’ I realized no one was going to help me, and I had to do it myself,” she said.
Trump has denied allegations of sexual assault against him. He consistently calls the claims a “hoax.”
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