A woman who accused Donald Trump on the eve of last year’s Republican National Convention of groping her in 1993 approached his company just months earlier to ask for work as his campaign makeup artist, it has emerged.
Jill Harth filed a $125 million lawsuit against Trump in 1997, and then later withdrew it. The suit claimed the future president sexually assaulted her and tried to rape her.
She reiterated her claims in July 2016. But between August 2015 and January 2016 she was in full but unsuccessful begging mode, asking Trump’s corporate assistant Rhona Graff to let her tag along on the campaign trail and endorse her line of men’s cosmetics.
The Hill recounted Harth’s story on Monday, relying on emails first published by The Guardian when her accusations first rocked the Republican primary season last year.
In one January 2016 email, Harth offered that she ‘would be willing to say at a rally or somewhere how [Trump] helped me with my self-confidence and all positive things about how he is with women to counter any potential negativity that may come out at some point in the campaign.’
Her name burst back into the news last week after attorney Lisa Bloom admitted trying to arrange payoffs for a handful of women – including Harth – who accused Trump of sexual misconduct during the presidential campaign.
Bloom set up a GoFundMe page for Harth to ‘get her back on her feet.’
It only raised $2,300, but an unnamed donor paid off Harth’s mortgage, giving her an amount news reports pegged as $30,000.
Harth’s overtures started as the Trump train first gathered steam during the Republican primary season.
‘I … would like to show my support for Donald and his campaign. I am offering my services to do his grooming and getting him perfectly camera ready for photos and Hi-Definition TV,’ Harth wrote to Graff in August 2015.
‘I am definitely on Team Trump as so many others are,’ she added in an October 2015 email to Trump himself, sent to him via Graff.
‘I can’t watch television without seeing you or hearing your name everywhere! It’s a good thing for sure but PLEASE let me do your makeup for a television interview, a debate, a photo session, anything!’