Doris did not respond to calls from The Washington Post, but her account was confirmed by her mother, Catherine Doris, who said Doris had confided in her about the incident at the time it happened. Separately, a friend of Dorris, Caron Bernstein, told The Post that Dorris had authorized her to speak on her behalf and to confirm that the details in the Guardian song were correct.
Bernstein, who also worked as a model, said Doris first told her 12 or 13 years ago about the episode in which she said Trump grabbed her when she came out of the bathroom, stuck his tongue in her throat and he felt his body.
“Her story has never deviated,”
In a statement, Jenna Ellis, Trump’s legal adviser, called the allegations “completely untrue” and “a pathetic attempt to attack President Trump just before the election.”
Doris is one of more than a dozen women who accused Trump of unwanted physical contact in the years before he was elected. While some prosecutors came out before the 2016 election, others spoke sooner, including longtime columnist E. Jean Carroll, who said Trump raped her in a department store dressing room in 1995 or 1996.
Trump denied the allegations and said the women were lying.
Carol is suing him for libel. The Ministry of Justice recently intervened on the issue and represented the president, arguing that he acted in his official capacity when in 2019 he denied Carol’s allegations in interviews.
He was also tried by Summer Zervos, a former contestant for The Apprentice, who claims that Trump touched and kissed her without her consent during what she said was a meeting to discuss working at a hotel in Los Angeles in 2007.
Doris, now 48, told the Guardian that the alleged attack took place while she was visiting New York from Florida with her then-boyfriend, who was friends with Trump. The couple attended several events with Trump for several days. Photos she provided to the Guardian show her with Trump and other celebrities at the tennis tournament and at Trump Tower.
At the time, Trump, then a celebrity developer, was married to Marla Maples, his second wife.
Doris said the incident happened when she was a guest in his personal box at the US Open and that he followed her while she excused herself to use a nearby bathroom.
Doris told the Guardian that when she came out, Trump kissed her, “his grip became tighter and his arms were very bruised and all over my ass, chest, back and everything.”
“I was in his grip and I couldn’t get out of it,” she said. She told the Guardian that she told Trump to stop, but “he doesn’t care.”
In an interview, Doris’ mother told The Post that her daughter had called from New York and told her she had been “harassed” by Trump.
“She said he stuck his tongue in her throat and touched her,” said Catherine Doris.
Trump’s lawyers told the Guardian that she continued to spend time with him in the days after the incident.
Doris told the Guardian that she did it because she was visiting outside the city and “she has no money, she has nowhere to go. We went from event to event and it was amazing. “
Catherine Doris and Bernstein said she had considered speaking publicly before the last election, but decided to remain silent because she was scared, especially because she had twin daughters who were young at the time.
“Her children were younger and she was really scared when the other women came out,” said Catherine Doris.
But Doris was struck by the #MeToo movement and Bernstein’s decision in 2017 to speak publicly about rape, Bernstein said. She said the two friends discussed how future opportunities empowered her.
Another woman also accused Trump of attacking her at the US Open tennis tournament a year later, describing the experience of a press conference held shortly before the 2016 election.
Karena Virginia said she attended the game in 1998, the year after Doris accompanied Trump. She said she was waiting alone in front of the tennis complex to be picked up by a car service when she encountered Trump. She had never met the developer before, but he immediately began commenting on her appearance before wrapping his arm around her and reaching for her breasts, she said.
Trump denied Virginia’s bill in 2016 through a campaign spokesman.
Doris’s latest statement echoes a number of lawsuits filed against Trump by women in the years since he began running for president, especially in 2016 after the release of the “Access to Hollywood” tape, in which Trump brags about sexual abuse of women .
Several women who spoke at the time have expressed disappointment since then that more voters did not seem moved by their stories.
Bernstein said Doris was partly motivated by desire to reassure all other women with similar experiences that they are not alone.
“The hope is that those other women we don’t know about will be encouraged,” she said.
Alice Crets of Washington and Lori Rosa of Boca Raton, Florida, contributed to this report.