Natasha Stoynoff, a reporter for People magazine who, in 2016, published an account alleging that Donald Trump forcibly kissed her in 2005, has written a play about the experience. The piece will debut on January 14 at Joe’s Pub in New York City as part of “The Pussy Grabber Plays,” which will include seven stories “inspired by the women who came forward with similar accusations against Trump,” according to Page Six.
In Stoynoff’s original account for People, she described how Trump “forced his tongue” down her throat after an interview at Mar-a-Lago in December 2005:
We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat.
Now, I’m a tall, strapping girl who grew up wrestling two giant brothers. I even once sparred with Mike Tyson. It takes a lot to push me. But Trump is much bigger—a looming figure—and he was fast, taking me by surprise, and throwing me off balance.
I was stunned. And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.
Six other people corroborated to People that Stoynoff told them about the alleged attack soon after it occurred.
According to the play’s description, all the proceeds of the one-night-only production will go to the New York Women’s Foundation’s Fund for the MeToo Movement and Allies. “I hope it’s a reminder to the women in the audience that no matter how famous or powerful a man is, if he harms you, you should speak out about it if you are able,” Stoynoff told Page Six about the project. “That is the only way we will stop this.”