Presidential candidate of the political party Republican Donald Trump has been alleged by five women, saying that he (Trump) touched them in inappropriately in the past.
The latest accusations against 70-year-old Trump come just days after a 2005 video surfaced of him in which he is talking in lewd and sexually explicit terms about women and bragging about groping them and getting away with it because he was a “star”.
Jessica Leeds, 74, told The New York Times on October 12, that over three decades ago the mogul, who was seated in first class beside her on a flight to New York, touched her breasts and tried to put his hand under her dress a few minutes after takeoff and without knowing her in advance.
“He was like an octopus,” she said, adding “His hands were everywhere.” She fled to the back of the plane. “It was an assault”, Leeds said.
Leeds, a travelling businesswoman at the time of the alleged attack, said she had told at least four people about the incident, and they also spoke with The New York Times.
The second account came from Rachel Crooks, who was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate investment and development company in the Trump Tower in Manhattan, ran into Trump one morning outside an elevator.
She introduced herself to Trump, and they shook hands, but the mogul would not let go, she said. Then, he began kissing her cheeks and finally “kissed me directly on the mouth”.
“It didn’t feel like an accident, it felt like a violation,” she said.
“It was so inappropriate,” Crooks recalled, “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
Mindy McGillivray, 36, told the Palm Beach Post that she was groped by Trump during a party at his Florida property Mar-a-Lago 13 years ago, while Murphy told Grazia that Trump had kissed her on the lips at the end of a 2005 job interview.
In a lengthy account published late last night, Stoynoff recalled travelling to Mar-a-Lago to interview Trump and his wife Melania, in 2005.
Trump, she claimed, had cornered her in private and “within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat”.
The women came forward to tell their stories after Sunday’s presidential debate in which Trump denied having ever sexually assaulted women.
The Trump campaign condemned Stoynoff’s story as “fabricated” and the New York Times piece as “fiction” and “a completely false, coordinated character assassination”.
The New York Times said that Trump was informed about these two new claims but rejected them.
Leeds and Crooks have never publicly told their stories but their description of the incidents are similar to those of other women who have claimed that Trump kissed or touched them without their consent.
During the second presidential debate with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on October 9, Trump denied sexually assaulting any women.