Porn and politics: When two worlds (and two words) collide…

Call that pornitics? Politorn? Anyways, the feminist civil rights lawyer I wrote about several times, Gloria Allred, gave a voice this weekend to another woman accusing Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, and she anticipates more to come, she told me today.

Unlike most of the Trump presumed victims who came forward before her, the latest one Allred introduced to the press is well known by some : she’s a porn star who received many awards in her field (on a side note, I was interviewing her about HIV cases in the porn industry the day Michael Jackson died, at her Wicked Pictures studio’s headquarters).

Of course, her profession doesn’t serve her case well in this “her words against his” battle that Allred is fighting. It led the Republican nominee to once again deny the allegations and mock the accuser.”Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before”, he told a crowd of supporters. A comment that actually sounds rather confusing, like he was admitting doing it after all, or at least legitimating the act.

But let’s go back to what the porn actress had to say. Jessica Drake, now 42, appeared in Allred’s office on Wilshire Boulevard, in Los Angeles,not as blond as when I first met her and wearing black rim glasses to carefully read her statement. During the 20 minutes press conference, the woman  who grew up in Texas and now lives in California, told her story of an encounter with Donald Trump ten years ago “at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe”.

“He flirted with me and invited me to walk along the golf course with him, which I did”, she explained. Then, she agreed to give him her phone number and accepted to go to his room in the evening, but she “didn’t feel right going alone, so two other women came” with her, she said. “When we entered the room, he grabbed each of us tightly and kissed each one of us without asking permission”.

They left the room not even an hour after, she recalls. After she left, Donald Trump called her and asked her to come back. As she declined the invitation, he replied: “What do you want? How much?” She was offered 10.000 dollars to spend the night with him.

Questioned by a reporter about her client’s job as a sex performer, Gloria Allred responded that “even if a person is an adult film star (…), it doesn’t mean that they would consent to sexual contact with someone outside of their occupation”.

Jessica Drake also specified that she was “a feminist” and that she was speaking publicly in the light of the tapes that have surfaced recently, “in order to lend my voice, my strength and my support to the other women who are coming forward”. She said she was “not looking for monetary compensation” or “additional fame”.

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“I understand that I may be called a liar or an opportunist, but I will risk that in order to stand in solidarity with women who share similar accounts that span many, many years”, she concluded.

Aside from Jessica Drake, Gloria Allred also represents Summer Zervos, a former ‘Apprentice’ contestant from Orange County, California, and Karena Virginia, a yoga instructor from New York, who both accuse Trump of victimizing them. There are eight other women who came forward on their own. As I asked Allred if we should expect the list to continue to grow, she said she “anticipates that other accusers may come forward”, despite the threats to be sued by Trump.

Not leaving the Republican nominee alone, Allred’s motives have been questioned, first by the candidate himself. He claimed on Monday that she sent letters to “hundreds of people” to get these “fabricated” testimonies. He affirmed these accusations where orchestrated by the Clinton campaign.

The victims attorney makes no secret that she’s a “proud supporter of Hillary Clinton”, but she also mentioned during the press conference that she has come after Democrats in the past. Engaged in a political battle that may find its roots in her personal story, as she was raped at 25 year-old in Mexico, the famous lawyer who grew up with a leftist mother warned the real estate tycoon : “You will not intimidate me”.

We will see in the coming days if more voices come up, but this election has already been about breaking a certain code of silence for women, and female votes are likely to determine who will be the next president.

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