Trump's accusers and their allegations


Donald Trump has faced a flood of allegations of sexual assault in the days since he insisted at Sunday's debate that he had not groped or kissed women without their consent.

Trump faced backlash after a 2005 video surfaced that revealed he had boasted of grabbing women by the genitals and kissing women without their consent, bragging, "When you're a star, they let you do it." 

Trump repeatedly dismissed his remarks as "locker room talk" and told debate moderator Anderson Cooper that he had not engaged in any of the behavior described in the recording. That's when allegations began to surface that claimed otherwise.

Several women have come forward with accounts that they were groped or kissed without consent by Trump in allegations that span more than 30 years. Trump has repeatedly slammed these claims as false and took aim at the "corrupt media" over the reports.

Below are the women who have made claims against the Republican candidate for president.

Summer Zervos

Zervos, who competed on the fifth season of “The Apprentice," said at a news conference on Friday that Trump kissed and groped her in 2007 when she met him to discuss a possible job. Zervos, who appeared with high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, said he tried to get her to lie on a bed with him. "He then asked me to sit next to him. I complied. He then grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast," said Zervos. 

Trump said in a statement, "I vaguely remember Ms. Zervos as one of the many contestants on 'The Apprentice' over the years. To be clear, I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago. That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I’ve conducted my life. In fact, Ms. Zervos continued to contact me for help, emailing my office on April 14th of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California. Beyond that, the media is now creating a theater of absurdity that threatens to tear our democratic process apart and poison the minds of the American public. When Gloria Allred is given the same weighting on national television as the President of the United States, and unfounded accusations are treated as fact, with reporters throwing due diligence and fact-finding to the side in a rush to file their stories first, it’s evident that we truly are living in a broken system."

Kristin Anderson

The Washington Post published an interview Friday with Kristin Anderson, who said Trump put his hand up her skirt in a crowded Manhattan nightclub in the early 1990s in an unwanted advance, when she had never even met him.

"He did touch my vagina through my underwear, absolutely," she said in a video interview on the Post’s website. "It wasn't a sexual come-on. I don't know why he did it. It was like just to prove that he could do it," she told the paper. Trump's campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comments on the allegations.

Natasha Stoynoff

People Magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff said in an article published Wednesday that she was sexually assaulted by Trump at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Florida, in December 2005 while on assignment for a story about Trump’s first wedding anniversary with Melania. While Melania was upstairs changing her outfit, Stoynoff said that Trump took her to see a room in the mansion, “and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.” She wrote, “I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.” Stoynoff, who had covered Trump for years, said she subsequently asked to be taken off that beat.

Trump said in a tweet, "Why didn't the writer of the twelve year old article in People Magazine mention the 'incident' in her story. Because it did not happen!"

Jessica Leeds

In a New York Times interview, Jessica Leeds said that Trump – whom she had never before met – “grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt” on a flight to New York more than 30 years ago.

Leeds said that she was sitting next to Trump in first class when, 45 minutes into the flight, he groped her. “He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.” Leeds moved to the back of the plane.

“Believe me, she would not be my first choice," Trump said at a North Carolina rally on Friday.

Rachel Crooks

Rachel Crooks also spoke to The New York Times, saying that Trump "kissed [her] directly on the mouth" at Trump Tower in 2005 when she introduced herself. Crooks, who was 22 at the time and worked at a real estate development company within the building, said Trump wouldn't let go of her when she shook his hand; then, she said, he started to kiss her. “It was so inappropriate ... I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that," she said.

Trump called The New York Times story about Leeds and Crooks a total fabrication.

Mindy McGillivray

In an exclusive with the Palm Beach Post, Mindy McGillivray and her photographer friend Ken Davidoff said Trump groped the then-23-year-old woman at Mar-a-Lago after a Ray Charles concert in January 2003. Ken Davidoff and his father, photographer Bob Davidoff, were there to shoot the concert, and Ken brought McGillivray along to help. She claims that Trump grabbed her buttocks, telling the Post, “All of a sudden I felt a grab, a little nudge. I think it’s Ken’s camera bag, that was my first instinct. I turn around and there’s Donald. He sort of looked away quickly. I quickly turned back, facing Ray Charles, and I’m stunned.’’

The Palm Beach Post cited a Trump spokesperson as saying, "This allegation lacks any merit or veracity."

Jill Harth Houraney

Jill Harth, a former Trump beauty pageant business associate, filed a $125 million lawsuit in 1997 against Trump alleging that on Jan. 24, 1993, at Trump's Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, Trump "forcibly removed plaintiff to a bedroom, whereupon defendant subjected plaintiff to defendant's unwanted sexual advances." A Trump spokesperson was quoted on Oct. 7 in The New York Times as saying, "Mr. Trump denies each and every statement made by Ms. Harth." The lawsuit was dropped in May 1997.

Temple Taggart McDowell

Former Miss Utah Temple Taggart McDowell was quoted by The New York Times in a report published on May 15 as saying that Trump "kissed me directly on the lips" when the two were introduced in 1997, when she was 21. Taggart told the Times, "I thought, 'Oh my God, gross.'" The Times story said Trump disputed the report and added that Trump said "he is reluctant to kiss strangers on the lips."

 

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