Groping suspect says Trump said it was OK to grab women

Nellie Chapman
October 23, 2018

A man who was accused of groping a woman on a Southwest flight from Houston to New Mexico on Sunday reportedly cited President Donald Trump in defense of his alleged actions.

"Later, in the vehicle, Alexander stated that the President of the United States says it's ok to grab women by their private parts", the criminal complaint says.

A Florida man accused of groping a female passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight Sunday allegedly told authorities that the president of the USA "says it's OK" to grab women by their private parts, according to a criminal complaint.

The man was charged in New Mexico with "abusive sexual contact" after he allegedly touched the breasts of the passenger sitting in front of him. The tape is best remembered as the moment where Mr. Trump boasted that women allowed him to "grab them by the p****".

According to court documents, the woman said she felt Alexander's hand move from behind her and grab her right breast about 20 minutes into the flight, but assumed it was by accident. She asked for a different seat and a crew member moved her to the back of the plane.

The hand, described by the woman as having hairy "thick fingers" and "dirty finger nails", was more persistent this time, according to the complaint.

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In a statement, Ryanair said they are aware of the video and the man has been reported to Essex police. "No-one said anything. The charity worker said: "I looked around to see if there was going to be a response from the public, I didn't hear any".


"C.W. felt fingers slowly grab the back of her arm, squeezing above the elbow", the complaint said.

The pilot ended up diverting the plane to the Sunport because flight attendants said he was yelling at them after they let the woman change seats. As he was leaving the courthouse, Merlino said Trump "was right" and flippers need to be outlawed, according to the Guardian. If convicted of the charge against him, the Florida man could face up to two years in federal prison.

When Alexander was questioned by authorities, he said he could not recall touching the woman.

This is not the only recent instance of unwanted contact between passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for later today. Authorities said he wouldn't stop touching a woman, played "footsie" with her and asked her out on a date.

This marks the second similar incident in the past week, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

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