Who is Kristin Anderson? Donald Trump Is Facing New Sex Assault Accusations
On Friday, a new woman came forward accusing Donald Trump of groping her. Kristin Anderson said Trump touched her under her skirt in a Manhattan nightclub in the early 1990s. “He was so distinctive looking — with the hair and the eyebrows. I mean, nobody else has those eyebrows,” Anderson told the Washington Post. According to Anderson's account as reported in the Washington Post, the Republican presidential nominee's "fingers slid under her miniskirt, moved up her inner thigh, and touched her vagina through her underwear."
Trump's campaign has adamantly denied Anderson's account. Spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Washington Post in an email, “Mr. Trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is totally ridiculous.”
While she was in New York City working as a model at the time of the alleged groping incident, Anderson, 46, now lives in southern California and is a photographer. She told the Washington Post that she is supporting neither Trump nor his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The Washington Post article noted the publication reached out to her after hearing a story about the incident and that Anderson "spent several days trying to decide whether to go public."
At the time of the alleged groping, Anderson said she and her friends with her were "very grossed out and weirded out," but that "Okay, Donald is gross. We all know he’s gross. Let’s just move on.”
After watching the 2005 hot mic Access Hollywood tape — the now infamous tape that was uncovered exactly a week ago by the Washington Post, in which Trump boasted about grabbing women "by the p---y" without their consent — Anderson thought more about coming forward, and seeing other women share their accounts after the second presidential debate solidified her decision.
“It’s a sexual assault issue, and it’s something that I’ve kept quiet on my own,” Anderson told the Washington Post. “And I’ve always kept quiet. And why should I keep quiet? Actually, all of the women should speak up, and if you’re touched inappropriately, tell somebody and speak up about it. Actually go to the authorities and press some charges. It’s not okay.”
Anderson said that when she would recount the incident — and multiple friends and acquaintances confirmed to the Washington Post that Anderson had shared her account well before Trump was running for president — “it didn’t cross [her] mind then that this person was a predator.”
However, she says she has a different mindset now: “It’s really not nothing, and it sends an awful message to women that they’re nothing.”