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Wed Oct 12, 2016, 10:53 PM

 

Breaking: Physically Attacked by Donald Trump – A PEOPLE Writer’s Own Harrowing Story

http://people.com/politics/donald-trump-attacked-people-writer/



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.
Now, I’m a tall, strapping girl who grew up wrestling two giant brothers. I even once sparred with Mike Tyson. It takes a lot to push me. But Trump is much bigger—a looming figure—and he was fast, taking me by surprise, and throwing me off balance.
I was stunned. And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.


The butler informed us that Melania would be down momentarily, and it was time to resume the interview. I was still in shock, and remained speechless as we both followed him to an outdoor patio overlooking the grounds. In those few minutes alone with Trump, my self-esteem crashed to zero. How could the actions of one man make feel so utterly violated? I’d been interviewing A-list celebrities for over 20 years, but what he’d done was a first. Did he think I’d be flattered?

I tried to act normal. I had a job to do, and I was determined to do it. I sat in a chair that faced Trump, who waited for his wife on a loveseat. The butler left us, and I fumbled with my tape recorder. Trump smiled and leaned forward.

“You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?” he declared, in the same confident tone he uses when he says he’s going to make America great again. “Have you ever been to Peter Luger’s for steaks? I’ll take you. We’re going to have an affair, I’m telling you.” He also referenced the infamous cover of the New York Post during his affair with Marla Maples. “You remember,” he said. “Best Sex I Ever Had.”

Melania walked in just then, serene and glowing. Donald instantly reverted back to doting husband mode, as if nothing had happened, and we continued our interview about their wedded bliss. I nodded at his hollow words and smiled at his jokes, but I was nauseated. 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.

An hour later, I was back at my hotel. My shock began to wear off, and was replaced by anger. I kept thinking, Why didn’t I slug him? Why couldn’t I say anything?

The next morning, anger became fear. Earlier in my trip, I had tried to arrange a session at Mar-a-Lago’s spa for my chronic neck problem—the spa was part of a private resort separate from the Trump residence—but they were booked up. Trump had gotten wind of that before the interview, and called himself, asking the top massage therapist if he would come in extra early to see me, as a favor to him.

I’d been up all night worrying—had I done something to encourage his behavior? But I decided to keep the keep the appointment. I was running late, and rushed to the spa with my luggage in tow. I found my designated therapist in a panic.

“I’m so, so sorry,” I apologized, “Can we do 30 minutes and I’ll pay you for the whole hour?”

“Never mind that. Mr. Trump was here waiting for you!”
“What? Where?”
“Here. In the massage room. Waiting for you. He waited 15 minutes, then had to leave for a meeting.”
“But why was he here?” I asked. “Is he coming back?”
The therapist shrugged. 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.






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Reply Breaking: Physically Attacked by Donald Trump – A PEOPLE Writer’s Own Harrowing Story (Original post)
factfinder_77 Oct 2016 OP
niyad Oct 2016 #1
Johnny2X2X Oct 2016 #2
Lanius Oct 2016 #3
ProudProgressiveNow Oct 2016 #4
central scrutinizer Oct 2016 #5
factfinder_77 Oct 2016 #6
Cha Oct 2016 #16
ecstatic Oct 2016 #7
Guy Whitey Corngood Oct 2016 #9
klook Oct 2016 #12
Guy Whitey Corngood Oct 2016 #21
klook Oct 2016 #22
DonRedwood Oct 2016 #10
klook Oct 2016 #11
pnwest Oct 2016 #20
mountain grammy Oct 2016 #13
Cha Oct 2016 #14
Puzzler Oct 2016 #15
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2016 #17
NBachers Oct 2016 #18
LovingA2andMI Oct 2016 #19

Response to factfinder_77 (Original post)

Wed Oct 12, 2016, 10:54 PM

1. . . .

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Response to factfinder_77 (Original post)

Wed Oct 12, 2016, 10:55 PM

2. This is insane!

Even worse than the rest.

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Response to factfinder_77 (Original post)

Wed Oct 12, 2016, 10:58 PM

3. Wow. Disgusting.

This is so disturbing and I feel sorry for the woman to have gone through this in 2005.

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Response to factfinder_77 (Original post)

Wed Oct 12, 2016, 11:03 PM

5. I hope she had her recorder on.

Truly a sociopath

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Response to factfinder_77 (Original post)

Wed Oct 12, 2016, 11:03 PM

6. MSNBC covering this story live now. Trump campaign issues statement denying it ever happened

 

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Response to factfinder_77 (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 12:13 AM

16. Of course.. and they're proven LIARS.

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Response to factfinder_77 (Original post)

Wed Oct 12, 2016, 11:07 PM

7. "My shock began to wear off, and was replaced by anger."

I kept thinking, Why didn’t I slug him? Why couldn’t I say anything?


Brings back memories. This is exactly how I felt after a similar attack.

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Wed Oct 12, 2016, 11:12 PM

9. Fuck this animal. Fuck his piece of shit family. His so called kids, all grown ass adults,

know the kind of sociopathic, rancid waste of baboon DNA he is. And here they are. Trying to thrust this thing upon the national stage and then, the fucking White House? Are you fucking kidding me? I hope all these fucking degenerates end up like the brothers in Trading Places.

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Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

12. "Rancid waste of baboon DNA"

would look good in white all caps on a red cap.

Eloquently stated.

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Response to klook (Reply #12)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 12:14 PM

21. I know words... I got the best words. Lots of people are saying that..... :-P

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Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #21)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 10:57 PM

22. From your fingers to my mouse

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Response to factfinder_77 (Original post)

Wed Oct 12, 2016, 11:19 PM

10. Get thee to the front page!

This magazine will be sitting in half the waiting rooms in America for the next five months....

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Response to factfinder_77 (Original post)

Wed Oct 12, 2016, 11:57 PM

11. It was very moving to see Lawrence O'Donnell struggling to read this tonight.

He is a good man. All of us men of good will and conscience must stand strong with our sisters and bring this monster down.

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Response to klook (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 03:28 AM

20. It was very moving, I wondered what was in

the part of the transcript he skipped over and couldn't bring himself to read. What empathy.

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Response to factfinder_77 (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

13. K&R

No words.

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Response to factfinder_77 (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 12:07 AM

14. WOW! That poor woman.. Here's a tweet from BaxterBean with her pic


The Baxter Bean ‎@TheBaxterBean
BREAKING: Reporter Physically Attacked by #GroperTrump – A PEOPLE Writer’s Own Harrowing Story. http://people.com/politics/donald-trump-attacked-people-writer/
5:01 PM - 12 Oct 2016
110 110 Retweets 85 85 likes
https://twitter.com/TheBaxterBean/status/786401336296341504/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Now he’s running for president of our country. The other day, I listened to him talk about how he treats women on the Access Hollywood tape. I felt a strong mix of emotions, but shock wasn’t one of them.

I was relieved. I finally understood for sure that I was not to blame for his inappropriate behavior. I had not been singled out. As he explained to Billy Bush, it was his usual modus operandi with women. I felt deep regret for not speaking out at the time. What if he had done worse to other female reporters at the magazine since then because I hadn’t warned them?

And lastly, I felt violated and muzzled all over gain.

During the presidential debate, Donald Trump lied about kissing women without their consent. I should know. His actions made me feel bad for a very long time.

They still do.

Four years after the Trump incident, I left the magazine to write screenplays and books—a few are New York Times bestsellers.

I’m not sure what locker room talk consists of these days. I only know that I wasn’t in a locker room when he pushed me against a wall. I was in his home, as a professional, and his beautiful pregnant wife was just upstairs.
Talk is talk. But it wasn’t just talk in my case, it was very much action.
And, just for the record, Mr. Trump, I did not consent.

Thank you for this, factfinder..

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Response to factfinder_77 (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 12:10 AM

15. Agreed...

Not that People Magazine is the height of journalistic integrity... but I think it's pretty safe to assume that their lawyers vetted this.

So hell yeah... this is yet another nail in Trump's "coffin". Although I'm staggered by how this criminal is able to stay in the election, and not under arrest.

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Thu Oct 13, 2016, 12:43 AM

17. Now watch the butler step forward.

 

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Thu Oct 13, 2016, 01:48 AM

18. I give Natasha Stoynoff big credit for putting this story out there.

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Response to factfinder_77 (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2016, 01:58 AM

19. WOW!!!

This is pitiful. Completely pitiful for whatever the GOP is supposed to "represent". They need to disavow this Racist, Sexist, Bigoted, Misogynistic, Pig of a "Man" or go the way of the Whig's.

This is beyond --- DISGUSTING!!!

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