Makeup artist Jill Harth had filed a lawsuit against business mogul Donald Trump in 1997, saying the now Republican presidential nominee had sexually assaulted her between the years of 1992 and 1997.
While she dropped the suit a month after she filed it, Harth accused Trump among other things of “groping” her under her dress and “forcibly” moving her to his daughter’s room at Mar-a-Lago in an “attempted rape.”
Donald Trump Jill Harth Sexual Abuse Lawsuit: Republican presidential nominee claimed allegations were “false” and “libelous.”
However, Trump had dismissed the allegations earlier this year; claiming they were “false” and “libelous.”
Harth and Trump first met in 1992. At the time Harth and her then husband, George Houraney, were in the beauty pageant business. Trump had decided to go into business with them, providing sponsorships for some of their events. Harth was running a model search, the American Dream Calendar Girl, at the time.
In an interview with LawNews Harth recounted the incident that occurred “in one of the children’s rooms at Mar-a-Lago,” and how it had “shocked” her.
“He is showing this mural and the next thing I know he was pushing me up against the wall, and was making a move on me, and was all over me and again I was taken aback,” she said. “I was shocked he was doing this and there were people around.”
“I know I am going to have backlash, but I have been through enough,” she added. “Bring it on. I’m a lot stronger now than I was 20 years ago.”
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When Trump terminated the business agreement with the couple in 1994, Houraney filed a breach of contract lawsuit the following year. According to the New York Daily News, the suit included allegations made by Harth that Trump had sexually assaulted her. The payout in the settlement, the media outlet reported, was a six figure number.
Trump had agreed to settle the lawsuit so Harth would not revive the sexual assault case, the New York Daily News reported. It was a stipulation of the settlement, Harth said, that she withdrew her allegations, LawNewz reported.
“I said to him in a conversation if anyone brings up to me anything about that past, I am not going to say anything negative and he thanked me for that,” Harth told Abrams, “I thought that was an agreement that he wasn’t going to say anything and I wasn’t going to say anything either. That answer was my way of not starting trouble.”
The New York Times published accounts of women who had worked with, or for, Trump in the past. Some of these accounts “reveal unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct, according to the interviews, as well as court records and written recollections.”
However, Trump has dismissed many of these claims in the past. “A lot of things get made up over the years,” he said. “I have always treated women with great respect. And women will tell you that.”