In a written statement, Alexander claimed he had been asleep for most of the flight and while he remembered a woman sitting in front of him, he could not describe her. Authorities, meanwhile, say Alexander's hands match the description provided by the woman. About half an hour later, she felt fingers grab the back of her arm, then "slowly and "attentively" grope her right side", near her bra line again. She said that she observed a "hand that had thick fingers, [that] were hairy and had dirty fingernails". The woman said she stood up and told the passenger behind her to stop.
Alexander was seated in a window seat aboard Southwest Flight 5421, behind a woman whom authorities only identified by her initials. In a jarring turn of events, Alexander was cuffed and allegedly voiced that the "President of the United States [Donald Trump] says it's ok to grab women by their private parts".
Alexander was arrested Sunday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on an abusive sexual contact charge at Albuquerque International Sunport.
Alexander is accused of touching a woman's breast while he was sitting behind her on the flight.
A spokesperson from the airline told The Washington Post in an emailed statement that customer service supervisors and local law enforcement were "requested" to meet the flight "upon arrival. due to reports of a Customer's alleged inappropriate behaviour onboard".
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It was not immediately clear what Gadot was referring to by the "changing landscape". Star Gal Gadot and studio Warner Bros . spun the move as a positive thing.
Trump's words have been parroted by other people accused of unsavoury acts in recent months.
He was placed in handcuffs and into a vehicle, where Alexander asked about the possible sentence for the charge and said "the President of the United States says it's OK to grab women by their private parts", according to the complaint. As he was leaving the courthouse, Merlino said Trump "was right" and flippers need to be outlawed, according to the Guardian.
The passenger, Bruce Michael Alexander, was likely referencing Donald Trump's remark in an infamous 2005 "Access Hollywood" recording that he could grab women "by the pussy".
A spokeswoman for the USA attorney for the state of New Mexico said Alexander is being held in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing set for today.