A Tampa man told investigators President Donald Trump said it's "OK to grab women by their private parts", after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a flight, federal court documents show. The woman told authorities she fell asleep on the flight when "she felt her clothes move and touching of fingers on her right side at and around her 'bra line", according to a criminal complaint. The woman told police she saw a person's hand from the row behind her, but assumed the touching was an accident.
"After she felt the second touch, she rose from her seat, turned around and told the passenger behind her that she didn't know why he thought it was OK (to touch her) and he needed to stop", the agent wrote in the complaint.
The woman, who wasn't identified, claims that Alexander twice reached forward and touched her breast while sitting behind her on the flight. After calling a flight attendant, C.W. was seated elsewhere.
Alexander's defense is a reference to the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape that contained a conversation between Trump and then-host Billy Bush in which 45 boasted about grabbing women "by the p***y". Alexander was arrested for probable cause of violating 18 U.S. Code § 2244 - Abusive sexual contact.
A statement from Southwest said customer service supervisors and police were requested to meet the flight "due to reports of a customer's alleged inappropriate behavior onboard". He told agents he could not describe her. The maximum penalty for the charge is two years in jail and a $250,000 fine, but he could also get a presidential pardon.
Authorities said several of Alexander's fingers had "dark buildup underneath the nail and appeared dirty".
Last June, a woman called a Hispanic man from California a "rapist" while attacking him and his mother.
It's ridiculous that people can blame President Trump for anything and everything.
Alexander remained in federal custody as he awaited a detention hearing Tuesday, according to the Justice Department.