According to famed civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred, calls are coming in from women who claim they’ve been sexually assaulted by Donald Trump.
In the wake of the leaked 2005 Access Hollywood video where a hot mic catches Trump talking about his preference for grabbing the genitalia of women without their consent, Allred confirmed to Gothamist on Monday that she had been “contacted by women who allege inappropriate contact by Mr. Trump.”
“If there is an unwanted or [nonconsensual] touching of a person’s intimate parts such as the genital areas or a woman’s breasts, that could constitute a sexual assault or a sexual battery,” Allred said. “I am disgusted by what Donald Trump said and admitted that he had done on that video. An apology is not enough.”
Allred released a statement last week addressing the numerous allegations surrounding Trump and how his comments on the video are relevant.
“If Mr. Trump were to be elected president he would be the employer of the largest workforce in the country, federal government employees,” Allred said.
“Mr. Trump in that role would be sending a message through his past words and actions that sexual harassment of women in the workplace is acceptable and this could lead to other employers believing that they can follow Mr. Trump’s lead and openly sexually harass their female employees, thereby creating and condoning a hostile workplace for working women.”
As Gothamist points out, Allred is a Clinton supporter who served as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention. She also fought Trump and the Miss Universe pageant and won the right of transgender contestant Jenna Talackova to compete in the Miss Universe Canada event.
“I know the only way to beat Trump is to confront him, head on and to refuse to let him get away with his bullying behavior,” Allred told Variety, I think people want someone to stand up and confront him. I think a strong approach with Trump is warranted and that Hillary is more than capable of fighting back and winning this battle.”