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PSU student says Trump supporter assaulted her, made lewd remarks while filming her

Katie Zurbrick, a PSU student, said she was assaulted by a man who claimed to be a Donald Trump supporter.

A Portland State University student says a man claiming to be a Donald Trump supporter assaulted her on campus while trying to record video of her.

PSU's Campus Public Safety Office is investigating the incident. The office sent out an alert about the alleged attack to the school community on Monday.

Katie Zurbrick, a senior at PSU, told KATU she was physically assaulted and that she thought she was alone until the incident happened.

She said she believes Trump is inspiring attacks like it with his unsavory comments about women.

“It breeds this kind of rape culture and this kind of attitude that it’s OK," Zurbrick said.

A campus group that supports Trump, meanwhile, denies those claims.

"I didn't even notice him at first," Zurbrick said about the man she claims attacked her.

She was strolling along the Walk of Heroines near Hoffman Hall around 3:30 p.m. Sunday when she said it happened.

"A man approached me from behind with a video camera and he said, 'Do you wanna be on Trump TV?' and I said, 'No, thank you' and he kept following me and he asked me my thoughts on the election," Zurbrick said. "I told him I didn't want to talk to him. He said, 'What are you a b**** or something?' and I said, 'Excuse me, please stop filming me. You can't be filming me right now. And he said, 'B****, I'll do whatever I want,' and so I ignored him and kept walking. He was obviously trying to get a rise out of me."

Zurbrick said the man would not leave her alone.

"He started making some then very sexually explicit comments about the shade of lipstick that I was wearing and what that was implying that I was wanting," Zurbrick said, explaining that the man told her she was inviting sexual assault.

"So I said, 'Excuse me.' and then I threatened to call the police," Zurbrick said. "And he said, 'You won't do s***, so I pulled out my cellphone and he hit it on the ground. He stepped on it. He shoved me to get me away from him, picked up my phone and threw it right across the courtyard. At that point he kind of hesitated for a second and that's when I started just screaming bloody murder. That's all I knew what to do."

Zurbrick said a young woman walking her dog came over and the man took off. She said they then called campus public safety officers.

Zurbrick described the suspect as a man in his early to mid-30s with short hair, a clean-shaven face with acne scars, weighing 160 to 175 pounds, standing 5'8" to 5'9" tall. She said he was wearing a green baseball hat, aviator sunglasses and a brown jacket with patches.

"Donald Trump is not inspiring this sort of behavior," Volodymyr Kolychev, the leader of the group, Portland State Students for Trump, told KATU.

He said no one in his group matches the description of the suspect.

"I think this person is making stuff up honestly," Kolychev said.

A PSU spokesman confirmed there was a witness and said the school believes the alleged victim's story has merit.

Jacob Daniels, the state director of the Trump presidential campaign in Oregon, said no group called Trump TV is associated with the Trump campaign.

"I have never heard of Trump TV," Daniels wrote in an email. "That being said, I wish the victim of this assault a swift and full recovery."

Zurbrick was not injured.

If you know anything about the incident you're asked to call PSU's Campus Public Safety Office at 503-725-4407 or the emergency line at 503-725-4404.


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