Australian model and television host Jennnifer Hawkins has cancelled a series of upcoming interviews in a bid to keep questions of US presidential nominee Donald Trump at bay, the Courier Mail reports.
“Jennifer is not interested and will not be commenting on Donald Trump. She is not interested in getting involved in the politics,” Hawkins’ manager, Sean Anderson, told Confidential prior to cancelling a swathe of scheduled interviews.
The move from the Myer ambassador comes following the release of damning footage that hears Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women.
Hawkins on the runway. Source: Getty.
“I just start kissing them, I don’t even wait. When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” the father-of-five can be heard telling Billy Bush.
Following the tape, a number of former Miss Universe and Miss Teen America have come forward with allegations against Trump, saying he acted inappropriately and sexually harassed them while he was the pageant owner.
Hawkins with Trump following her 2004 Miss Universe win. Source: Getty.
Tasha Dixon, the 2001 Miss Arizona, told US news station CBS that Trump would often “waltz in” on the women backstage, regardless of whether or not they were suitably clothed.
“Our first introduction to him was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half naked changing into our bikinis,” Dixon began.
“He just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Other girls were naked.”
Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail. Source: Getty.
As the 2004 winner of the Miss Universe pageant, Hawkins' relationship with Trump is long running and as far as it's publicly known, positive.
As part of her winner's package, the then 20-year-old Hawkins spent a year living in New York's Trump Tower and has maintained a relationship with the 69-year-old mogul ever since, introducing him at an Australian event in 2011.
And despite being in the midst of the latest season of Australia's Next Top Model - which Hawkins hosts - any press is firmly off the table until the US election is over.