Ex-Miss Finland: Trump Groped Me
Another alleged victim of Donald Trump has come forward: Former Miss Finland Ninni Laaksonen.
The Hill reports:
The 2006 Miss Finland says Donald Trump groped her the same year she won the beauty pageant, according to a new report.
Ninni Laaksonen, now 30, is the 12th woman to recently accuse the GOP presidential nominee of sexual misconduct before Election Day, The Telegraph said Thursday.
The Telegraph reported that Laaksonen’s remarks first appeared in Ilta-Sanomat, her local Finnish newspaper.
Laaksonen said the incident occurred in New York City before she appeared on CBS’s “The Late Show with David Letterman” in July 2006.
Trump was appearing on the program, she said, with her and three other Miss Finland contestants.
“Before the show, we were photographed outside the building,” she said of her encounter with Trump.
“Trump stood right next to me and suddenly he squeezed my butt. He really grabbed my butt. I don’t think anybody saw it, but I flinched and thought, ‘What is happening?’”
Laaksonen said another unsettling moment occurred while she attended some house parties with other contestants the same year.
“Somebody told me that [Donald] Trump liked me because I looked like Melania [Trump] when she was younger,” she said, referencing Donald Trump’s wife, whom he married in 2005. “It left me disgusted.”
A dozen women have accused the billionaire of kissing or groping them without permission since the release earlier this month of a 2005 tape in which he boasts about grabbing women.
Trump has fiercely denied the allegations and dismissed the recording as “locker room talk.”
The businessman last weekend vowed he would sue the women accusing him of wrongdoing.
“They’re trying to poison the mind of the American voter,” he said in Gettysburg, Pa. “Every woman lied when came forward to hurt my campaign.
“Total fabrication, the events never happened — never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”
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