Cassidy Hutchinson, a former senior aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, said in a new book that she was groped by then-Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani during an event on January 6, 2021.
In excerpts from her book “Enough,” due out next week, Hutchinson said Giuliani was “like a wolf closing in on its prey” when she met him backstage while President Donald Trump gave a speech in front of his supporters at the Ellipse near the White House shortly before the Capitol riot.
The extracts were first reported by The Guardian. NBC News did not obtain a copy of the book, but a person familiar with the book confirmed that the quotes published by The Guardian were accurate.
Hutchinson, 27, claims Giuliani, a prominent promoter of Trump’s stolen election lies, approached her with a stack of documents before putting his hand “under my blazer, then under my skirt.” She then describes her recoil as “her frozen fingers move up my thigh,” The Guardian reported.
“We have the evidence. It’s all here. We will achieve this. Rudy wraps an arm around my body, closing the space between us. I feel his stack of documents pressing against my lower back. I look down and watch his free hand reach for the hem of my blazer.
“By the way,” he said, touching the fabric, “I love that leather jacket you’re wearing.” “His hand slips under my blazer, then under my skirt,” Hutchinson wrote, according to The Guardian.
Ted Goodman, Giuliani’s spokesman, called Hutchinson’s allegations a “disgusting lie.”
“It’s fair to ask Cassidy Hutchinson why she only just published these allegations from two and a half years ago, as part of the marketing campaign for the release of her upcoming book,” Goodman said in a statement. . “This is a disgusting lie against Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a man whose distinguished career in public service included taking down the Mafia, cleaning up New York City, and comforting the nation after 9/11.”
Spokespeople for Hutchinson’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday evening. NBC News was unable to contact Hutchinson directly.
Hutchinson was a key witness during the Jan. 6 House committee hearings investigating the Capitol attack. His explosive public testimony included descriptions of a rage-filled president on Jan. 6, saying he was told Trump tried to grab the steering wheel inside an armored SUV and rushed to his office security when he learned he would not be taken to the Capitol where a crowd of his supporters was gathering. His account came under scrutiny after sources said two witnesses could testify under oath that the incident did not happen.
Trump has largely dismissed and denied her testimony on his Truth Social platform.
Hutchinson’s allegations against Giuliani, 79, come as the former New York mayor faces mounting legal problems, including a lawsuit filed by Noelle Dunphy, who said Giuliani harassed her and discussed the selling presidential pardons after hiring her in 2019. Giuliani turned her down. complaints.
Last month, a federal judge found Giuliani liable for defaming two election workers by boosting Trump’s stolen election claims.
He was also indicted alongside Trump and 18 others in the Georgia election interference case, where all defendants have pleaded not guilty.