Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Florida woman says Donald Trump groped her at Mar-a-Lago

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 9:36 AM

click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOEY ROULETTE
  • Photo by Joey Roulette
A Florida woman says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump groped her at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach during an event in 2003. 

The Palm Beach Post reports Mindy McGillivray, of Palm Springs, was helping a photographer during a Ray Charles concert at the resort. McGillivray, now 36, was then 23 years old when she says she felt a grab or nudge on her butt, then turned around to see Trump. The photographer she was helping remembers her saying directly after the alleged incident, "Donald just grabbed my ass!" Trump's press secretary Hope Hicks says there's no truth whatsoever to the allegation. According to the Post:
Asked about the possibility that what she felt was Trump or someone accidentally bumping into her, McGillivray said no. “This was a pretty good nudge. More of a grab,’’ she said. “It was pretty close to the center of my butt. I was startled. I jumped.’’

She said she had had another encounter with Trump about two years earlier at Mar-a-Lago, when she helped Davidoff photograph a New Year’s Eve party in 2001.

She was walking out of a restroom “and Donald caught me right before I headed downstairs. He goes, ‘It’s a cool evening, isn’t it?’’’ she said, mocking his voice. “He had this debonair tone. He was totally flirting,’’ she said. 
Multiple women have come forward in the past day alleging Trump made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including a People writer who says Trump forcibly kissed her at Mar-a-Lago during an interview for a story.

Trump has come under scrutiny after the release of an audio recording where the businessman says he kisses women and grabs them "by the pussy" seemingly without consent. During last Sunday's debate, Trump told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper the recording was just "locker room talk," and that he had never physically groped or kissed women without consent.

Trump's lawyers have since threatened to sue The New York Times for its report on two women who say Trump had touched them inappropriately.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation