A Florida man who was arrested for groping a female passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight reportedly told authorities President Trump “says it's OK to grab women by their private parts.”
Bruce Michael Alexander, 49, was on a Sunday flight from Houston to Albuquerque, New Mexico, when he allegedly assaulted the woman, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
According to a criminal complaint, a woman told authorities she felt a hand from behind her grab the right side of her breast about 15 to 20 minutes after she fell asleep. At first, the woman thought it was an accident, then it happened again 30 minutes later.
The woman told police she felt fingers grab the back of her arm, squeeze her above her elbow, and then touch her ribs and breast. The man’s hands, said the woman, had thick, hairy fingers with dirty fingernails.
Alexander recalled in a written statement only that the woman in front of him had spoken to him and then changed seats.
Once he was handcuffed and in the presence of police, Alexander said, "the President of the United States says it's OK to grab women by their private parts," according to the FBI agent wo wroteh the affidavit.
The comment refers to the 2005 Access Hollywood which captured then-candidate Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women because he’s a celebrity.
"You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful, I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything," Trump is heard saying on the tape.
"Grab them by the pussy," he adds. "You can do anything."
Alexander made his initial appearance in federal court Monday in Albuquerque on a charge of abusive sexual contact.
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