Moments after asking Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about the charges and what his sentencing could be, he remarked that "the president of the United States says it's okay to grab women by their private parts".
According to the complaint, the woman said she felt "a hand that had thick fingers, were hairy and [had] dirty finger nails" that began to "slowly and "attentively" grope her right side".
However, 30 minutes later, she felt fingers grabbing onto the back of her arm.
The woman said she had fallen asleep on the flight and woke up to the passenger behind her grabbing "the right part of her right breast", the complaint said. She said an employee then moved her to a different seat at her own request. At one point, the victim stood up, turned around, and yelled at Alexander to stop, prior to asking a flight attendant to be reseated.
A Florida man accused of groping a woman aboard a Southwest Airlines flight over the weekend later defended his lewd actions to police, saying "the President of the United States says it's ok to grab women by their private parts", according to court documents. Alexander was charged with abusive sexual conduct in federal court on Monday.More news: Hong Kong to Zhuhai
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"On Sunday, airline supervisors and local law enforcement officers met flight 5421 upon its arrival in Albuquerque from Houston after allegations of inappropriate behavior by a passenger inflight". If convicted, Alexander could go to prison for a maximum of two years and be ordered to pay a fine of up to $250,000.
Alexander was likely referencing the 2005 tape from Access Hollywood that leaked weeks before the presidential election.
That's when she confronted the man behind her.
The video was released in October 2016, after Trump became the Republican nominee for president.
Alexander remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday.