Trump & Sexual Assaults: 11 Women in 24 Hours Narrate Their Story
“He was like an octopus, his hands were everywhere.”
Yes, Donald Trump seems to have opened a giant can of worms which seems to be the perfect topping for his campaign.
Ever since his tape from 2005 surfaced where he described sexually assaulting women for his own pleasure, his campaign has been struggling to contain the fall out.
However, in the past 24 hours, ELEVEN women have shared stories of some form of assault by “The Donald”.
This is not the first time that women are speaking up against Donald Trump and how he sexually assaulted them. But this is the first time that any candidate has had so many instances reported against him, that too in a single day.
These are the accounts of women, who watched the second presidential debate, watched Anderson Cooper ask Donald Trump if he had ever physically groped or kissed a woman without consent, watched the Republican Presidential candidate say “No, I have not”, and screamed “LIAR” at their televisions and even wanted to punch him through their televisions.
Jessica Leeds - 1980s
The 74-year-old woman, when she was travelling three decades ago, got upgraded to business class. There, she met Donald Trump.
It was an assault.Jessica Leeds
As she sat next to him, she said they initially chatted and 45 minutes into the flight, he lifted the armrest and started violating her. He grabbed her breasts, and tried to put his hands up her skirt.
He was like an octopus, his hands were everywhere.
Rachel Crooks - 2005
The 33-year-old was then a receptionist at the Bayrock Group which was located in Trump towers.
She encountered Trump one morning and shook his hand, but he refused to let go. Instead, he began kissing her cheeks and then kissed her on the mouth.
It didn’t feel like an accident, it felt like a violation.Rachel Crooks
Crooks said that she felt so insignificant that Trump thought he could do something so inappropriate and get away with it.
Source: New York Times
Miss USA Contestants - 2001
Two Miss USA contestants, who did not wish to be identified, said that Donald Trump walked into their rehearsal area when they were half-naked. They said that the real estate mogul walked into the room unannounced, stood there, and started at the women.
His attitude seemed to be “I can do this because I can.”
Source: The Guardian
Mindy McGillivray - 2003
The 36-year-old was allegedly groped by Donald Trump in 2003 at Mar-a-Lago. McGillivray was accompanied by photographer Ken Davidoff, who distinctly remembers her narrating the incident to him, moments after it happened.
Donald just grabbed my ass.Mindy McGillivray
Source: Palm Beach Post
Miss Teen USA - 1997
There were contestants as young as 15 at the pageant, which Trump was the owner of, and four contestants said that he walked into the rehearsal room when they were changing. The women scrambled to wear their clothes on seeing him, said Maria Billado, former Miss Vermont, Teen USA.
I remember putting on my clothes really quick because I thought “Oh my god there’s a man in the room”.Maria Billado
Don’t worry ladies, I’ve seen it all.Donald Trump
Three other women chose to remain anonymous but confirmed Trump’s walking in when they were changing. Ivanka Trump, who was 15 at the time, also went backstage and most contestants have fond memories of her mingling with them. When she was told about her father coming into that area she said:
Yeah, he does that.
Natasha Stoynoff - 2005
Stoynoff was working with People Magazine in the early 2000s on Trump’s beat — reporting on his TV show, wedding and everything else.
In 2005, she met him for an interview when he took her to a room in his house, where they were alone. He pushed her against the wall and kissed her forcefully. He was confident and pompous as he said to her:
We’re going to have an affair, I’m telling you.
She said that the next day, when she went for her massage, her masseuse had said that Trump was waiting for her for 15 minutes, before leaving for a meeting.
Source: People Magazine
Cassandra Searles - 2013
The former Miss Washington said that during the time of the pageant, Trump made the girls feel like cattle by going over their introductions and lining them up to get “a closer look at his property”.
He continuously grabbed my ass and called me into his hotel room.
Source: Yahoo News
'Absolutely False Claims': Trump
However Donald Trump on Thursday angrily denied several accusations of groping in a growing controversy over inappropriate behaviour with women that is damaging the Republican presidential candidate's chances of winning the election.
Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, the New York Times and other media were engaged in a concerted, "vicious" attempt to stop him, Trump told a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida.
These claims are all fabricated. They’re pure fiction and they’re outright lies. These events never, ever happened. I would make public at some point evidence to dispute the claims. These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it and they know well.Donald Trump
(With Reuters inputs)
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