Springsteen’s NJ yoga instructor accuses Trump of groping her breast
A New Jersey yoga instructor to the stars on Thursday became the latest woman to accuse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Karena Virginia, 45, of Rumson, made the accusation during a news conference with women's rights attorney Gloria Allred.
Virginia said Trump fondled her breast in 1998 while she was standing outside the U.S. Open in Flushing, Queens, waiting for a car.
Virginia said Trump was “with a few other men” when she overheard him talking about her.
“Hey, look at this one!” she claims Trump said. “We haven’t seen her before. Look at those legs!”
“As though I was an object rather than a person,” she added.
Virginia said Trump grabbed her right arm and “then his hand touched the right inside of my breast.”
“I was in shock. I flinched. ‘Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?’ That’s what he said to me. I felt intimidated and I felt powerless.”
Virginia said she would not be filing a lawsuit against Trump.
The Trump campaign denied Virginia’s story.
“Give me a break,” campaign spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said. “Voters are tired of these circus-like antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton.”
At least 10 women have no claimed that Trump groped or kissed them without consent.
The issue was brought up at the final presidential debate on Wednesday between Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Clinton noted that he brushed off the remarks by belittling several of the women's appearances.
Trump claimed that the women’s claims have been “debunked,” although they have not, and said “nobody has more respect for women” than he does.
Virginia is not registered with any party in New Jersey, NJ.com reported.
Virginia has published books on wellness and has appeared on TV programs. Her yoga and wellness website includes a testimonial from fellow Monmouth County resident Bruce Springsteen: “The gift of Karena is that she offers a whole new perspective on life.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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