Most Americans were disgusted by the cavalier remarks by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump captured on video in 2005. The video featured Trump engaging in what the candidate described as “locker room talk” with then Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.
In the video, Trump casually bragged about how he tried to have sex with a married woman. Trump also bragged of how as a “star” he could freely walk up to women, kiss them, and grab their genitalia as though he owned them.
While Trump excuses his remarks as “just words,” for women like actress Amber Tamblyn the presidential candidate’s comments affected them on a much deeper and personal level.
On Sunday, Tamblyn shared a story from her past involving an abusive ex-boyfriend and how he sexually assaulted her in public in much the same manner as Trump bragged about in the 2005 video.
Tamblyn wrote on Instagram:
“I need to tell you a story. With the love and support of my husband, I’ve decided to share it publicly. A very long time ago I ended a long emotionally and physically abusive relationship with a man I had been with for some time. One night I was at a show with a couple girlfriends in Hollywood, listening to a DJ we all loved. I knew there was a chance my ex could show up, but I felt protected with my girls around me. Without going into all the of the details, I will tell you that my ex did show up, and came up to me in the crowd.
He’s a big guy, taller than me. The minute he saw me, he picked me up with one hand by my hair and with his other hand, he grabbed me under my skirt by my vagina— my pussy?— and lifted me up off the floor, literally, and carried me, like something he owned, like a piece of trash, out of the club. His fingers were practically inside of me, his other hand wrapped tightly around my hair. I screamed and kicked and cried.
He carried me this way, suspended by his hands, all the way across the room, pushing past people until he got to the front door. My friends ran after him, trying to stop him. We got to the front door and I thank God his brothers were also there and intervened. In the scuffle he grabbed at my clothes, trying to hold onto me, screaming at me, and inadvertently ripped off my grandmother’s necklace, which I was wearing.
The rest of this night is a blur I do not remember. How I got out to the car. How I got away from him that night. I never returned for my necklace either. That part of my body, which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he’d like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend’s violence for at least the next week.
I had a hard time wearing jeans. I couldn’t sleep without a pillow between my legs to create space. To this day I remember that moment. I remember the shame. I am afraid my mom will read this post. I’m even more afraid that my father could ever know this story. That it would break his heart. I couldn’t take that. But you understand, don’t you? I needed to tell a story. Enjoy the debates tonight.”
It’s also important to note that women have come forward accusing Trump of sexual assault.
Temple Taggart, former Miss Utah, was 21 in 1997 when she first met Trump. She claims Trump sexually assaulted her and a few other girls through unwanted kissing. Taggart said:
“He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, ‘Oh my God, gross.’ He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s inappropriate.’”
CNN Anchor Erin Burnett recounted a similar story involving her friend’s encounter with Trump.
“’That’s exactly what Trump did to me,’ Burnett said, quoting her friend. ‘Trump took Tic Tacs, suggested that I take them also. He then leaned in … catching me off guard and kissed me almost on the lips. I was really freaked out.’”
Trump was sued in 1997 for sexual harassment by Jill Harth, who claimed the billionaire would regularly assault her even while in her then boyfriend’s presence. She described a 1992 encounter in a restaurant in which she alleges that Trump repeatedly reached under the table and sexually assaulted her.
“Harth recalled that she was at a restaurant with Trump in December 1992, at a table with him and several other women. ‘I had a dress on, and I constantly had to lean to the left, into the other women, to get away from him. He had his hands right there.’ In her lawsuit she described him touching “my intimate private parts.”
In September, a New York federal judge ordered that a trial move forward involving a lawsuit filed by an anonymous woman who claims that in 1994 Trump raped her at a party when she was being held as a 13-year old sex slave by convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein.
While the Trump campaign denies that their candidate’s relationship with Epstein (who is also a billionaire) was anything more than a casual acquaintance and that he barely knew the sex offender, as with many other things, Trump’s words betray that defense.
“‘I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,’ Trump once said about the convicted sex offender. ‘He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.'”
The alleged victim in the suit recounts a terrifying story that puts Trump’s remarks into a much darker context. From court affidavit:
“Defendant Trump initiated sexual contact with Plaintiff at four different parties. On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied Plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff. During the course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but with no effect. Defendant Trump responded to Plaintiff’s pleas by violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted.Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened Plaintiff that, were she ever to reveal any of the details of the sexual and physical abuse of her by Defendant Trump, Plaintiff and her family would be physically harmed if not killed.”