Adult film star Jessica Drake came forward on Saturday, Oct. 22 to accuse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. In a press conference with her lawyer Gloria Allred by her side, Drake claimed Trump hugged and kissed her at a golf tournament in Tahoe, California, nearly 10 years ago without her permission.
Drake went on to allege that the then “Celebrity Apprentice” star invited her to his suite, offering her $10K, as well as his jet, in exchange for spending the night with him, to which she declined. “I am a feminist, an advocate for women’s rights, the rights for sex workers,” Drake said, “I am involved with many charities, locally and internationally. For the past five years, I’ve been involved in sex education.
“He flirted with me and invited me to walk along the golf course with him, which I did,” Drake continued. “During that time he asked me for my phone number, which I gave to him. Later that evening, he invited me his room. I said I didn’t feel right going alone. So two other women came with me.
“In the penthouse suite I met Donald again. When we entered the room he grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission.”
According to Drake, after Trump questioned the women about working in the porn industry, she returned to her room, where she got a call from a man acting on Trump’s behalf, asking her to return. “Then Donald called,” Drake said. “He asked me to return to his suite and have dinner with him. And he invited me to a party. I declined. Then Donald asked me, ‘What do you want? How much?’ I told him I couldn’t, because I had to return to L.A. for work. I said that as an excuse because I didn’t want him to continue asking me and i didn’t want to be with him.
“After that I received another call from Donald or a man calling on his behalf, offering me $10K,” she said. “I declined again, and made as an excuse I had to return to Los Angeles for work. I was then told Mr. Trump would allow me to use his private jet if I accepted his invitation.”
Naturally, she immediately confided in two of her friends about the incident. “I don’t need fame,” she explained during the conference. “This is not acceptable behavior for anyone, much less a candidate for president. I am not looking for monetary compensation, I understand I will be called a liar or an opportunist but I will risk that to stand in solidarity to the other women coming forward.”
Later on, Trump’s campaign fired back, issuing their own statement alleging Drake’s claims were a joke: “This story is totally false and ridiculous. The picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her. This is just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate who just today is number one in three different polls. Anyone who would pay thugs to incite violence at a rally against American citizens, as was released on video, will stop at nothing. Just another example of the Clinton campaign trying to rig the election.”
According to reports, at the time of Drake’s alleged assault, Trump had only been married to his wife Melania for a year. It was also roughly one year after the GOP nominee bragged on tape about grabbing women by their genitals and kissing them without permission. Including Drake, 11 women have come forward since October 7, publicly accusing Trump of sexual misconduct. Meanwhile, the businessman has adamantly denied all allegations he’s a sleazeball.