Last June, former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson provided bombshell testimony to the January 6 committee regarding Donald Trump’s actions on January 6, including that he knew some of his followers were armed before they went to the Capitol, and attempted to physically assault a Secret Service agent for not letting him attend the insurrection (Trump has denied her claims). Now, she’s back with another extremely disturbing account: that former New York City mayor turned Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani groped her on the day of the attack. 

The Guardian reports that in her forthcoming memoir, Enough, Hutchinson says that Giuliani inappropriately touched her at the “Stop the Steal” rally where Trump delivered the speech telling his followers to “fight like hell” on his behalf. This is her account, per the outlet: 

>In her book, describing the events of January 6, the deadly culmination of Trump’s attempt to overturn his defeat by Joe Biden, Hutchinson writes that she “experience[d] anger, bewilderment, and a creeping sense of dread that something really horrible [was] going to happen.” Describing the backstage scene at Trump’s speech, she writes: “I find Rudy in the back of the tent with, among others, John Eastman. The corners of his mouth split into a Cheshire cat smile. Waving a stack of documents, he moves towards me, like a wolf closing in on its prey.”

“‘We have the evidence. It’s all here. We’re going to pull this off.’ Rudy wraps one arm around my body, closing the space that was separating us. I feel his stack of documents press into the small of my back. I lower my eyes and watch his free hand reach for the hem of my blazer. “‘By the way,’ he says, fingering the fabric, ‘I’m loving this leather jacket on you.’ His hand slips under my blazer, then my skirt.”

In a statement, Ted Goodman, a political adviser to Giuliani, said: “It’s fair to ask Cassidy Hutchinson why she is just now coming out with these allegations from two and a half years ago, as part of the marketing campaign for her upcoming book release. This is a disgusting lie against Mayor Rudy Giuliani—a man whose distinguished career in public service includes taking down the Mafia, cleaning up New York City and comforting the nation following September 11.”

It’s also fair to note that this is not the first time Giuliani has been accused of such conduct. In May, one of his former employees, Noelle Dunphy, filed a stomach-churning lawsuit accusing Giuliani of numerous instances of sexual abuse, including rape, in addition to various otsher crimes. (Giuliani has denied wrongdoing.) The former mayor was also charged last month by the Fulton County district attorney’s office for attempting to overturn the election (he says he’s innocent); being sued by Dominion Voting Systems for defamation; and being sued by his former lawyer for outstanding legal bills. In August, he was found liable for defaming two Georgia election workers (Giuliani is awaiting trial to determine damages).

Bess Levin

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