Less than a week before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office, a woman is coming forward to announce a sexual assault lawsuit against him. A press conference was held in Los Angeles on Jan. 17, in which civil rights attorney Gloria Allred announced the suit.
The woman originally came forward in October 2016, after video leaked of then-candidate Trump boasting about sexual assault to "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush in 2005. The woman, still unnamed, accuses Trump of sexual misconduct.
Following the October video leak, Allred stated that she was being "contacted by women who allege inappropriate contact by Mr. Trump," reports Gothamist.
According to The Daily Beast, Trump's accusers cite assaults and misconducts as far back as the 1980s.
"If Mr. Trump were to be elected president he would be the employer of the largest workforce in the country, federal government employees," Allred wrote in an October statement. "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."
“Discredited political operative Gloria Allred, in another coordinated, publicity-seeking attack with the Clinton campaign, will stop at nothing to smear Mr. Trump,” Jessica Ditto, a Trump campaign spokeswoman, said at the time, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Give me a break. Voters are tired of these circus-like antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton."
According to The Hill, Allred has called Trump a "fourth-rate politician and a fifth-rate human." She continued in a statement, “Please understand that you will not intimidate me. Others who are smarter, richer and more famous than you have tried and failed."