In her upcoming memoir, former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson claims that Rudy Giuliani groped her shortly before the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the Guardian reports.
Hutchinson served as Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Legislative Affairs in the Trump White House, reporting to Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows. Her testimony at a hearing of the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection made headlines; she claimed that Trump wanted to join the Capitol rioters but was prevented from doing so by Secret Service officers.
In her book, Enough, Hutchinson writes that Giuliani, a longtime associate of Trump, fondled her backstage at the Trump speech that preceded the Capitol riot.
“I feel his frozen fingers trail up my thigh,” Hutchinson writes in the book. “He tilts his chin up. The whites of his eyes look jaundiced. My eyes dart to John Eastman, who flashes a leering grin. I fight against the tension in my muscles and recoil from Rudy’s grip.…filled with rage, I storm through the tent, on yet another quest for Mark [Meadows].”
People magazine reports that in the book Hutchinson says she deliberately ignored Trump’s attacks on her following her testimony. “I learn how it feels to be on the other side. But I know enough not to react. That’s what he wants me to do. He wants me to be defensive. He wants to know when he’s hurt someone or gotten a rise out of them; he wants to project his hurt onto the source of it.”
Enough is slated for publication by Simon & Schuster on Sept. 26.
Michael Schaub is a contributing writer.