Former Miss Finland Ninni Laaksonen has told Ilta-Sanomat that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump groped her in New York in July 2006. Laaksonen was representing Finland in the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the time.
Laaksonen says the incident occurred right before they were going to be on Late Show with David Letterman. She appeared on the show with three other contestants and Donald Trump.
– Before the show we (Trump and the other contestants) were photographed outside the building. Trump stood right next to me and suddenly he squeezed my butt. He really grabbed my butt. I don’t think anybody saw it but I flinched and thought: ”What is happening?”
Laaksonen also attended some house parties with the other contestants and Trump’s wife Melania.
– Somebody told me there that Trump liked me because I looked like Melania when she was younger.
– It left me disgusted, Laaksonen says.
Laaksonen has not told about her experience before. She only told her story after she was contacted by Ilta-Sanomat as a part of a round of interviews with Finnish women who have met the Republican presidential nominee.
Multiple women have accused Trump of groping or other unsuitable behaviour. In the United States ten women have told about their experiences with their own names and one has told her story anonymously.
Donald Trump has strongly denied ever having groped women.