'I was grabbed and pulled behind a tapestry, and it was him.'
A new book, "All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator" details 26 new allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trump.
The book, written by journalists Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy, lays out a total of 43 instances of alleged "inappropriate behavior" by Trump, including the 26 allegations of assault.
Dozens of other women have previously accused Trump of sexual misconduct.
Esquire first published an excerpt from the book outlining the claims on Wednesday.
"If you thought the Access Hollywood tape was the opening salvo in the story of Donald Trump's transgressions against women, think again," the outlet wrote, introducing the passage.
The book paints "a portrait of a predator who hides behind wealth and institutional power to frequently harass and abuse women," the outlet added.
In one of the instances outlined in the book, a woman named Karen Johnson alleged that Trump assaulted her at a New Year's Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
"I was just walking to the bathroom. I was grabbed and pulled behind a tapestry, and it was him. And I’m a tall girl and I had six-inch heels on, and I still remember looking up at him. And he’s strong, and he just kissed me," she said.
"I was so scared because of who he was... I don’t even know where it came from. I didn’t have a say in the matter."
The authors note in the book that "documentation and photographs corroborate Johnson’s general description of the evening" and that a friend of hers said she told him about the alleged assault before Trump decided to run for president.
Johnson claimed that, after the incident, Trump called her (she hadn't given him her number) and repeatedly asked her to fly to New York to visit him.
Trump has repeatedly denied the many sexual misconduct allegations against him but has bragged about assaulting women behind closed doors.
In the now-infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, which the Washington Post published in October 2016, Trump told then-host Billy Bush,
You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything." He added, "Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything.
That admission resonated with Johnson.
"When he says that thing, ‘Grab them in the pussy,’ that hits me hard because when he grabbed me and pulled me into the tapestry, that’s where he grabbed me—he grabbed me there in my front and pulled me in," she alleged.
The book notes that Trump has waved off all allegations of sexual misconduct over the years, specifically claiming that his accusers are all politically motivated.
"He has said the allegations don’t make sense—he never would have been in a nightclub alone, for example, or that an accuser is not physically attractive enough to warrant his attention," the authors write. "...But what hurts accusers even more than Trump’s verbal assaults is being treated as though they are worthless."
Trump has not yet responded publicly to the new allegations.
"All the President's Women" hits shelves on Oct. 22.
Published with permission of The American Independent.