A 21-year-old former University of Lincoln student has been accused of raping two women and quoting Donald Trump before allegedly sexually assaulting one of the women, Lincolnshire Live reports.
In a hearing on Tuesday at Lincoln Crown Court, British student Hugo Penfold was accused of sexually assaulting one of the women three separate times between October 2016 and March 2017 and raping her on a different occasion in March 2017, per the outlet.
On one occasion, before sexually assaulting the woman, Penfold quoted Trump, she claimed.
“He said, ‘In the words of Donald Trump, grab her by the p—-,” she said in a video statement given to the police, which was played in court on Tuesday.
The quote comes from the controversial leaked “Access Hollywood” tapes from 2005 in which Trump told Billy Bush that his status as a celebrity allowed him to “do anything” with women.
In her video statement, the woman claimed that Penfold “then grabbed my vagina. He touched me on the outside of my clothes. He found it funny,” she continued. “I said that it wasn’t funny and asked him to leave.”
The woman, then-18 years old, said she repeatedly rejected Penfold and at one point reported him to the university for harassment.
“I would tell him that it was sexual assault and I would report him,” the woman said in her pre-recorded video statement. She has chosen to remain anonymous for legal reasons.
Both the first woman and a second woman have accused Penfold of rape in addition to the sexual assault charges, Lincolnshire Live reports.
Penfold has denied both rape charges and all three charges of sexual assault, according to the outlet. According to Lincolnshire Live, he told police that all sexual contact was consensual.
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