On Saturday afternoon, adult film star Jessica Drake came forward to claim Donald Trump offered to pay her $10,000 for sex. During a press conference, Drake spoke while flanked by her attorney, Gloria Allred. She told the media how she met Trump ten years ago during a golf tournament at Lake Tahoe. Drake was working for adult film company Wicked Pictures at the time, and Trump asked her to tour the golf course with him. He claims he invited her to his hotel room, and she brought two friends along because she “didn’t feel right going alone.” Drake gives her account of what happened next:
“In the penthouse suite, I met Donald again. When we entered the room, he grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission. He was wearing pajamas. A bodyguard was also present. He asked me about details on my job as an adult film star — about shooting porn, and he also asked us about our personal relationships and whether we were married or single. We answered his questions. It felt like an interview. About 30 or 45 minutes later, we left his room.
Later, Drake says she received a call from a man who requested that she return to Trump’s room:
“He said Donald wanted me to come back upstairs to Donald’s suite. I indicated I did not wish to return. Then Donald called. He asked me to return to his suite and have dinner with him. He also invited me to a party; I declined. Donald then asked me, ‘What do you want? How much?’ I told him that I couldn’t because I had to return to L.A. for work. I said that as an excuse because I didn’t want him to continue asking me, and I didn’t want to be with him. After that, I received another call from either Donald, or a male calling on his behalf, offering me $10,000. I declined again and once more gave, as an excuse, that I had to return to Los Angeles for work. I was then told Mr. Trump would allow me to use his private jet only if I accepted his private invitation.”
Drake does not accuse Trump of the same inappropriate, grope-filled behavior that other women have alleged in recent days while also accompanied by Allred during press conferences. She only claims that he tried to pay her for sex and that somebody — on Trump’s behalf — told Drake she couldn’t use Trump’s private jet unless she “accepted his private invitation.”
However, Drake says she came forward to share her experience and, in solidarity, to “lend my voice, my strength and my support” to the women who have accused Trump. She states, “Collectively, his words and his actions are a huge testament to his character, that of uncontrollable entitlement, misogyny and a sexual assault apologist.” Drake also stresses that she’s not looking for money or additional fame, but she wanted to tell the world, “This is not acceptable behavior for anyone, much less a presidential candidate.”
Here’s a screencap of a photo (as revealed at the press conference) of Trump and Drake posing together at the aforementioned golf tournament.