Book on Trump: We Logged 26 'Unwanted' Sexual EncountersNewser — Newser Editors
It's a big day for upcoming books with explosive sexual allegations. Esquire is out with an excerpt from All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator, a book by journalists Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy that pulls from more than 100 interviews to chart a path through Trump's history with women—beginning as early as childhood.
Esquire reports the book makes significant additions to the claims already made against him, as it contains 43 new allegations of alleged inappropriate behavior, among them "26 instances of unwanted sexual contact." The excerpt itself focuses on "an alleged wave of unwanted touching" that occurred prior to his engagement to Melania.
The excerpt opens with the now familiar tale of how he met the 28-year-old model while on a date with another woman.
But the authors dive into two other women, Maureen Gallagher and Kara Young, whom he dated while separated from second wife Marla Maples.
Trump's affection for Young was reportedly a problem for Melania, so much so that she and Trump broke up. "They got back together a few months later, but Trump apparently hadn't abandoned those old habits," the authors write before zeroing in on the aforementioned "unwanted touching." Karen Johnson says she was at a Mar-a-Lago New Year's Eve party in the early 2000s with her husband.
While on her way to the bathroom prior to leaving, she claims Trump was hiding behind a tapestry, grabbed her, and pulled her in. "And he's strong, and he just kissed me. I was so scared because of who he was ... I don't even know where it came from. I didn't have a say in the matter." (Read the full excerpt for more of what Johnson says happened next.)
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