12 accusers and counting: Former Miss Finland says Donald Trump sexually assaulted her

Ninni Laaksonen was told Donald Trump probably liked her because she looked like a young Melania

Published October 28, 2016 6:51PM (EDT)


Ninni Laaksonen, crowned Miss Finland in 2006, came forward 12 days before the election as the 12th woman to accuse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of sexual assault.

Laaksonen said that Trump squeezed her backside before "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York while the two were posing for a photo with Miss Australia, Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Colombia.

"Somebody told me there that Trump liked me because I looked like Melania when she was younger," Laaksonen told a newspaper in Finland, referring to a house party she attended, along with other Miss Universe contestants, according to The Telegraph.

Laaksonen, 30,  first told the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat about the alleged July 2006 assault.

“Trump stood right next to me and suddenly he squeezed my butt. He really grabbed my butt," Laaksonen told the Finish newspaper. “I don’t think anybody saw it but I flinched and thought: ‘What is happening?’”

Trump has denied knowing any of the women who have accused him of sexual assault. During the third presidential debate he even said, "Nobody has more respect for women than I do." The debate audience responded in laughter.

Laaksonen joined 11 others, including People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff, former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos, and Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks — whose testimonies to The New York Times prompted Trump to threaten the paper with a libel lawsuit.

Many of Trump's accusers came forward after the infamous "grab them by the pussy" clip from "Access Hollywood" was released earlier this month and after the second presidential debate where Trump insisted his conversation with Billy Bush was "locker room talk."

“It left me disgusted," Laaksonen said of being groped by Trump.


By Grace Guarnieri

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