Well, things have certainly become uncomfortable for Jill Harth.
Harth, if you recall, was one of over a dozen women who came forward in 2016 and accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. She claimed she’d been a business partner of Trump’s in the 90s. In 1997, she sued Trump for sexual harassment, and claimed, among other things, that he’d groped her under a table.
Harth also made the news again a week ago, when it was revealed she was one of several women ambulance chaser Lisa Bloom worked to secure funds for, in exchange for her coming forward with her story.
That Harth had a lawsuit in 1997 for sexual harassment is proof that she wasn’t paid to manufacture a story against Trump, but seriously – any connection to Bloom or her mother, Gloria Allred, is an automatic black mark.
Now Harth is feeling the heat for another story.
The Hill reported on Monday that months before Harth came forward and added her story of sexual harassment to the growing number of accusers against candidate Trump, she actually reached out to Trump, in an attempt to become his campaign makeup artist.
Harth is now spitting nails over a story she feels clouds the facts of that particular time of her life, even though, as the writers at The Hill explain, she is the one that suggested they write the story.
Harth, a New York cosmetics executive, lashed out:
“The Hill’s blatant attempt at Fake News fails miserably and exposes it as an apologist for Trump and a rag for right-wing hit jobs,” Harth wrote in a statement Monday night.
I don’t think anybody that has spent any time over at The Hill would accuse them of being “apologists” for Trump, or right wing.
In the Monday piece from The Hill, they noted the different language from the 1997 lawsuit Harth had filed (which she eventually withdrew, under pressure), and the emails sent to Trump, in the effort to become his makeup artist on the campaign trail.
“Well, a couple years of therapy helped me deal with Trump’s sexual attacks and the mind games he had played on me for more than a year and move on with my life,” Harth’s statement Monday reads.
Harth said in 2015 she was “excited” about a new men’s cosmetic product line she had created and she was looking for a spokesperson. After consulting her business associate, she decided to reach out to Trump.
“The email was the first such contact with Trump in a long while and our relationship was still cordial even though I realized that I would be dealing with someone who acted like a ‘dog in heat’ then, who had ruined my marriage and had continued pursuing me through the years,” she wrote. “Yes, I had moved on but had not forgotten the pain he brought into my life. I was older, wiser. Trump was married to Melania and I had hoped he was a changed man.”
And business is business, right?
She went on to say Trump did not respond to her emails, but after seeing him “looking like a clown” at a rally, she reached out again.
“The flattering nature of the emails were necessary to satisfy Trump’s ‘huge’ ego,” Harth said.
That sounds completely familiar. Many have said Trump needs to be constantly coddled and flattered, and as we’ve seen, a little praise goes a long way with Trump’s fragile ego.
Frankly, I don’t have a problem with her coming forward to tell of Trump’s misconduct (she’d already sued him in the 90s for the very thing she was accusing him of in 2016). What is troublesome is that she was willing to work with him, and when she got no response, she jumped on the accuser train.
And now she doesn’t like that that particular chapter of the story is out there.
The Hill is standing by their story and how they reported it.
“The story The Hill ran was not in retaliation for any article involving Lisa Bloom. Harth herself alerted The Hill to the existence of emails showing her effort to win business from President Trump at the start of the 2016 presidential campaign and she encouraged our reporter to obtain those emails, which we did,” the statement reads. “Our story is a factually accurate recounting of Harth’s contemporaneous emails, which she alerted us to and authenticated for us.”
Harth, apparently, has had a long history of bad decisions, not the least of which was that early involvement with Donald Trump.
Maybe she should just take a break from the spotlight.