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October 9, 2019

A forthcoming book from journalists Barry Levine and Monique El-Feizy titled All the President's Women reportedly reveals 43 accusations of alleged inappropriate behavior, including 26 instances of unwanted sexual contact, made against President Trump. That's in addition to the dozens of public allegations he already faces, Esquire reports.

In an excerpt of the book published by Esquire, a woman named Karen Johnson spoke publicly about an interaction with Trump for the first time, telling Levine and El-Feizy that Trump groped her unexpectedly during a Mar-a-Lago New Year's Eve party in the early 2000s. Johnson said she was at Trump's estate with her husband, who was suffering from multiple sclerosis, and another relative. Her husband wasn't feeling well, so Johnson said she was getting ready to leave. She said made a trip to the restroom first, however, and that's when she alleges someone grabbed her and pulled her behind a tapestry.

It turned out to be Trump, who she says then kissed her. "I was so scared because of who he was," she recalled. "I don't even know where it came from. I didn't have a say in the matter." Johnson said Trump's leaked tape revealing him saying "grab them by the p---y" rang true to her, "because when he grabbed me and pulled me into the tapestry, that's where he grabbed me."

Johnson also alleges that Trump was persistent in calling her in the days after the incident, though he eventually stopped when she refused his invitations to come see him at the resort. Trump has repeatedly denied any allegations of wrongdoing.

The book reports that documentation and photographs corroborate Johnson's description of the New Year's Eve party, and a friend reportedly said Johnson told him about the incident years before Trump ran for president. Read the full excerpt at Esquire. Tim O'Donnell

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