A man accused of groping a woman on a plane later told authorities that “the president of the United States says it’s okay to grab women by their private parts”.
Bruce Alexander was on a flight travelling from Texas to New Mexico when he leaned forward twice and grabbed the woman’s breast, according to court documents filed at New Mexico’s US District Court.
The woman, who has not been named, told investigators that she initially believed the first touch was accidental.
Around 30 minutes later she said that she felt the 49-year-old grope her again and rose from her seat.
She then “told the passenger behind her that she didn’t know why he thought it was ok [to touch her] and he needed to stop.” A fellow passenger who witnessed the incident corroborated the woman’s story, the documents claim.
The woman was helped by a Southwest Airlines flight attendant, who found her a seat in a different section of the plane. Mr Alexander was detained by police officers when the plane landed in Albuquerque. After he was handcuffed he referenced Mr Trump’s comments about sexual assault. In a 2005 conversation with TV host Billy Bush that was caught on a live microphone, the billionaire businessman bragged about groping women without waiting for their consent.
He said that when he met beautiful women he felt able to “grab them by the pussy”.
“You can do anything,” he told the host, who was fired by NBC News after the recording emerged shortly before Mr Trump was elected as US president. He subsequently apologised for the vulgar remarks.
Mr Alexander has been charged with abusive sexual contact and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 23 October. As reported by Independent.