- A man who allegedly groped a woman during a Houston flight to Albuquerque defended his actions by citing President Donald Trump.
- Bruce Alexander, 49, has been accused of abusive sexual contact while onboard a Southwest Airlines flight on Sunday.
- According to the FBI complaint, Alexander stated that the “President of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.”
A man has been accused of groping a woman onboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Houston to Albuquerque on October 21.
Forty-nine-year-old Bruce Alexander of Tampa, Florida was charged with abusive sexual contact. Alexander allegedly grabbed the woman sitting in front of him on the right side of her breast, around her “bra line.”
The woman said she had fallen asleep about 15 minutes into the flight. She woke up and saw a man’s hand by her side but ignored it at first, thinking it was an accident. The victim felt someone grabbed the back of her arm about 30 minutes later.
According to the complaint, the woman got up after the second incident and told the man (Alexander) sitting behind her that she “didn’t know why he thought it was OK (to touch her) and he needed to stop.” The woman then requested to be transferred to a seat in another section of the plane.
When they landed at Albuquerque International Sunport airport, Alexander was immediately arrested. He asked the officers what the sentence was for the charge he was being accused of.
While seated at the back of the patrol vehicle, Alexander said the “President of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.”
Alexander might be referring to Trump’s comment “grab them by the pussy” in an audio recording that surfaced during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
The comments were recorded in 2005 for an Access Hollywood interview. Trump dismissed the remarks as “locker room talk.”
Alexander, denying the allegations, said he was asleep most of the flight. In his written statement, he noted that he had not been drinking, nor taken any sleep-inducing drug.
The Albuquerque Journal reported that Alexander was taken to federal custody before appearing at a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing.
Southwest Airlines confirmed that customer service supervisors and local law enforcement officers were requested to meet flight 5421 upon arrival in Albuquerque from Houston due to reports of a customer’s “alleged inappropriate behavior onboard,” Newsweek reported.