Published: Tue, October 23, 2018

Accused in-flight groper claims the president ‘says it’s OK to grab women’

Accused in-flight groper claims the president ‘says it’s OK to grab women’

The woman, identified in the complaint only as C.W., said she was asleep in her window seat when "she felt her clothes move" and fingers start touching her from behind "on her right side at and around her "bra line".

The woman told investigators Alexander, 49, grabbed the side of her breast from behind, according to the criminal complaint. She said that when she felt him touch her a second time "she rose from her seat, turned around and told the passenger behind her that she didn't know why he thought it was OK and he needed to stop".

When Alexander was later arrested on a federal charge of abusive sexual contact, he referenced President Trump's infamous "grab them by the p-y" quote in the back of a police vehicle.

'And when you're a star, they let you do it.

A man accused of groping a woman on an aircraft has told United States police that President Donald Trump had said it was OK to grab women.

If found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

However, his hands matched those the victim described as being thick-fingered and hairy, with dirty finger nails, per the complaint.

She was helped by a crew member to move to another section of the aircraft for the remainder of the flight. She then confronted the man sitting behind her and asked a flight attendant to allow her to change seats.

When federal agents interviewed Alexander, he denied the allegations and said he had slept most of the flight and was not drinking alcohol or taking sleep medication. When his hands were observed, it was deemed they were consistent with the woman's description of them. Merlino was sentenced to two years in federal prison for illegal betting Wednesday and prosecutors, as with many organized crime trials, relied on informants to make their case, the Guardian reported.

In a statement to HuffPost, Southwest Airlines said that in light of the incident, the airline is "continuously reviewing and updating" the training of staff "as necessary".

Alexander is due to appear in court on Tuesday.

Alexander was arrested by agents at Albuquerque International Sunport.

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