Multiple women have come forward, saying Donald Trump touched them inappropriately. The allegations follow controversy over comments Trump made about women in 2005.
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Twelve women came forward this week to allege sexual misconduct by Donald Trump in cases that echo the vulgar conduct he described in the 2005 Access Hollywood tape that surfaced last week. Trump has denied the stories and is threatening legal action against some of the news outlets.
Trump and his running mate Mike Pence have said the campaign will soon provide evidence proving the charges are false.
Here is a summary of the allegations so far:
Former Apprentice contestant says Trump kissed her without consent
Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant, held a press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred on Friday and said she was pursuing a job with the Trump Organization and went to meet Trump at a hotel for dinner when he “started kissing me open-mouthed.” She said he continued to pursue her that night even after she told him she wasn’t interested.
Zervos said she kept quiet about the incident because she still wanted a job at the Trump organization. She never received one. Zervos said she decided to speak out Friday in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape and other women’s accusations.
Woman says Trump groped her under her skirt
Kristin Anderson, in an interview with The Washington Post out Friday, said that she was in a Manhattan nightclub in the early 90s when someone’s hand moved up her thigh and under her miniskirt and fondled her. Anderson said she pushed the hand away, got up from where she was sitting, looked back and saw that it was Trump who had groped her.
“He was so distinctive looking — with the hair and the eyebrows,” Anderson told The Post. “I mean, nobody else has those eyebrows.”
The Trump campaign dismissed the allegations as “totally ridiculous.”
“Mr. Trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity,” Hicks told The Post. “It is totally ridiculous.”
Reporter says Trump physically attacked her
Natasha Stoynoff, a writer for People, said Trump pushed her up against a wall and stuck his tongue into her mouth when she visited his Mar-a-Lago estate in 2005 for an interview with him and his new wife, Melania, on their first wedding anniversary. “We’re going to have an affair, I’m telling you,” Trump told her as they waited for Melania, according to her account.
Miss USA contestant describes unwanted kisses
Temple Taggart was a 21-year-old Miss Utah when she says Trump introduced himself to her with an embrace and a kiss on the mouth. Not long after that, he again embraced Taggart and kissed her before a meeting at Trump Tower, she said.
“He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought: ‘Oh, my gosh. Gross,’” Taggart said, according to The Times. “He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s inappropriate.’”
Miss Teen USA contestants say Trump saw them changing
Buzzfeed reports four contestants in the 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant said Trump walked through the dressing room while the teens — some as young as 15 — were changing. “I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here,’” said former Miss Vermont Teen USA, Mariah Billado. “Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before,” Trump said, according to Billado.
Two women tell the NYT Trump forcibly kissed or groped them
The New York Times published two new accusations against Trump, and the GOP nominee has demanded a retraction. Jessica Leeds told The Times that Trump grabbed her breasts and put his hand up her skirt during a flight more than 30 years ago. “He was like an octopus,” said Leeds. “His hands were everywhere.” Rachel Crooks told The Times Trump gave her an unwanted kiss on the mouth in 2003 when she introduced herself to him at Trump Tower.
Woman says Trump grabbed her at his Florida estate
Mindy McGillivray, now 36, told the Palm Beach Post that Trump groped her at Mar-a-Lago in 2003 when she was assisting her friend, Ken Davidoff, who was working there as a photographer. Davidoff said he vividly remembers McGillivray telling him, ‘’Donald just grabbed my ass!’’ after the alleged incident, according to the report.
Miss Washington says Trump groped her and invited her to his hotel room
Cassandra Searles accused Trump of being a “misogynist” in a Facebook post directed at the Miss USA class of 2013 asking if they remembered Trump treating “us like cattle and made us do it again because we didn’t look him in the eyes? Do you also remember when he then proceeded to have us lined up so he could get a closer look at his property?”
According to Yahoo she later commented another accusation onto the Facebook thread: “He probably doesn’t want me telling the story about that time he continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room.”
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