Jessica Leeds told the Times that Trump sexually assaulted her on an airplane more than 30 years ago. She said he was seated next to her in first class, reached over and began groping her.
According to Ms. Leeds, Mr. Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.
“He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”
She fled to the back of the plane. “It was an assault,” she said.
Rachel Crooks, in a separate allegation reported in the same story, said she was working as a receptionist for a company in Trump Tower in 2005 when she encountered Trump outside of an elevator.
They shook hands, but Mr. Trump would not let go, she said. Instead, he began kissing her cheeks. Then, she said, he “kissed me directly on the mouth.”
It didn’t feel like an accident, she said. It felt like a violation.
“It was so inappropriate,” Ms. Crooks recalled in an interview. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
Crooks’s sister, Brianne Webb, recalls that Crooks called her immediately after the encounter and was shaken up. Webb said she pressed Crooks on whether it might have been an accident.
“She said, ‘No, he kissed me on the mouth,’” Webb said. “I was like, ‘That is not normal.’”
The Trump campaign has issued a statement denying both accounts, accusing the Times of coordinating an attack with Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “None of this ever took place,” Trump told a Times reporter on Tuesday night, threatening to sue. “You are a disgusting human being.”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Fla., on Sept. 27. (Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images)
She said she was in an area alongside Trump and his then-fiancee Melania at an event featuring Ray Charles when Trump grabbed her.
“All of a sudden I felt a grab, a little nudge. I think it’s [her companion] Ken [Davidoff]’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.’’
McGillivray said she remembers saying to herself, ‘’‘OK, am I going to say something now and make a scene or be quiet?’ I chose to stay quiet.’’
Asked about the possibility that what she felt was Trump or someone accidentally bumping into her, McGillivray said no. “This was a pretty good nudge. More of a grab,’’ she said. “It was pretty close to the center of my butt. I was startled. I jumped.’’
Davidoff told the newspaper that he didn’t witness the alleged groping but that he spoke about it with McGillivray immediately afterward and that McGillivray told him, “Donald just grabbed my ass.”
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the paper, “There is no truth to this whatsoever. … This allegation lacks any merit or veracity.”
We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.
Now, I’m a tall, strapping girl who grew up wrestling two giant brothers. I even once sparred with Mike Tyson. It takes a lot to push me. But Trump is much bigger — a looming figure — and he was fast, taking me by surprise and throwing me off balance. I was stunned. And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.
The butler informed us that Melania would be down momentarily, and it was time to resume the interview.
Stoynoff then said, after the butler left, that Trump suggested they have an affair. “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?” he said, according to Stoynoff. “Have you ever been to Peter Luger’s for steaks? I’ll take you. We’re going to have an affair, I’m telling you.”
Stoynoff said she didn't write about it or report it because she chalked it up as one of the hazards of celebrity journalism. But she said she was shaken.
The Trump campaign denies the story. “This never happened," it said. "There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story.”
The local CBS station in Los Angeles reported late Tuesday that a woman who was once Miss Arizona in the Miss USA pageant said Trump came strolling into a room in which some contestants were naked in 2001.
“Our first introduction to him was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half naked changing into our bikinis,” Tasha Dixon, who was then 18, recalled. “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.”
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Dixon said the women were in a “physically vulnerable position, and then to have the pressure of the people that worked for him telling us to go fawn all over him, go walk up to him, talk to him, get his attention.”
Another pageant contestant, 2013 Miss Washington Cassandra Searles, wrote in a Facebook post earlier this year that Trump essentially treated the contestants “like cattle.”
Trump alluded to his ability to walk into such rooms during a 2005 interview with Howard Stern, as reported by CNN over the weekend: "I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else,” he said. “And you know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant. And therefore I’m inspecting it. ‘Is everyone OK?’ You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible-looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that."
In light of the weekend's developments, the post from Searles is getting new attention. And Rolling Stone on Wednesday discovered another newly reported follow-up comment, in which Searles writes, "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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Following a Friday report by The Washington Post on a 2005 video of the GOP presidential nominee, various Republicans have said they no longer plan to vote for him and some call for him to drop out.
Sen. John McCainSen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) joined the cavalcade of Republicans withdrawing their support for Trump. “There are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments in the just released video; no woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences,” McCain said in a statement.Susan Walsh/AP