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Donald Trump's Predatory Comments Spurred a Twitter Exchange Between a Woman and Her Alleged Abuser

Movie critic Devin Faraci's response to the 2005 recording of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's predatory remarks ignited an unexpected exchange on Tuesday. Faraci's tweet condemning Trump prompted a woman to confront him with a sexual assault allegation on Twitter.

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In a since-deleted Twitter conversation preserved in other users' screenshots, the woman — who told ATTN: she wished to remain anonymous, asked, "quick question: do you remember grabbing me by the pussy and bragging to our friends about it, telling them to smell your fingers?"

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"I do not remember this," Faraci replied. "I can only believe you and beg forgiveness for having been so vile."

He subsequently resigned from his position as Editor-in-Chief of the popular blog Birth.Movies.Death.

“This weekend allegations were made about my past behavior," Faraci wrote in a statement reported by Variety. "Because I take these types of claims seriously I feel my only honorable course of action is to step down from my position as Editor-in-Chief of Birth.Movies.Death. I will use the coming weeks and months to work on becoming a better person who is, I hope, worthy of the trust and loyalty of my friends and readers.”

ATTN: reached out to Alamo Drafthouse, the movie chain that owns the Birth.Movies.Death site for comment; they directed us to the statements on the site and on Variety.

The woman who levied the allegations against Faraci told The Hollywood Reporter that Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League called her to talk about the company's response. She described the conversation as productive.

Faraci's accuser described the alleged incident to THR, which she said occurred in 2004.

She claimed that the influential blogger had been drinking, but wasn't extremely drunk.

"We were dancing and he stuck his hands down my pants, very blatantly on the dance floor," she claimed. "I said stop. He did it again. I kind of didn’t know what to do. I stopped him again and pushed him away. There was no penetration. He just kept sticking his hands down my pants and into my crotch. Then he came in to do it again."

"I think I moved away from the dance floor at that point," she alleged. "I had to get away from him. I was just so shocked that it had happened and kind of grossed out. I felt mortified for him. That was the palpable memory I had. I felt sad for him."

She told THR that she brought up the alleged assault on an online message board in 2006, and he claimed not to remember.

From THR:

"But one of the friends at the bar that night saw the message-board exchange and later confided in [name withheld] that it was highly unlikely that Faraci would have had no memory of what happened, as he had bragged to her about the incident at the time, encouraging the group to 'smell his fingers.'

"'That was not something I knew about at the time,' [the woman] says. 'And it made me really angry.'"

ATTN: reached out to Faraci and will update this post if we hear back.

Trump's comments have brought many women to open up about sexual assault and abuse online since Friday.

Numerous women have shared stories about confronting alleged abusers online.

On Quartz, writer Maureen Shaw described how she found closure after she confronted her alleged rapist online and received an apology.

An anonymously authored Vice piece describes a similar back-and-forth between an accuser and the accused via text message, yet the author found her alleged rapist's apology pithy and infuriating and rejected it.

Just as there is no perfect sexual assault victim, victims of abuse should not feel obligated or pressured to confront abusers.

ATTN: reached out to the woman who levied the allegation against Faraci, who said she is no longer doing interviews at this time.

[h/t Jezebel]