A man who allegedly groped a woman during a Southwest Airlines flight reportedly told authorities after being arrested that “the President of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.”
The woman, identified only as C.W., was sitting in a window seat on a flight from Houston to Albuquerque when the alleged sexual assault took place. She says that about 15 minutes into the flight, while she was sleeping, she felt her clothes move and saw fingers she described as hairy with dirty nails reaching up from the seat behind her and touching her around her bra line. She assumed the touching was an accident and drifted back off to sleep. But about 30 minutes later, the touching happened again.
This time she knew it was intentional, and told the man she didn’t know why he thought it was OK to touch her and told him to stop. She then asked to be moved to another seat and was then relocated. She said the man was a stranger to her.
Upon the plane’s landing in Albuquerque, the man, later identified as Bruce Michael Alexander, was apprehended by local law enforcement and arrested by the FBI. It was while being transported by authorities that Alexander reportedly quoted the president from the 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about it being OK to grab women’s private parts.
Alexander was charged with abusive sexual contact by the U.S. attorney’s office in New Mexico, and faces a maximum penalty of two years in jail and a fine of $250,000.
U.S. Attorney New Mexico