Allegations have been made against Trump, with accounts of him making sexual advances on women without their consent. In the tape from 2005 which started the scandal, he made comments about forcing himself upon women without consent. This included him saying to “grab them by the p****” as well as him describing how he loved beautiful women and would kiss them without their consent.
While it is clear that Trump had indeed said these things, he attributed it to locker room talk which was not to be taken seriously. It appears that might not be the case though, as women have started coming forwards with their accounts of him groping and kissing them without consent.
Two women approach the New York Times
A story in the New York Times from Wednesday provided two accounts from women who described unwanted sexual advances from Donald Trump.
The first account was from Jessica Leeds, who was 38 at the time, describing an incident from 30 years ago. She was sitting next to Donald Trump in first class on a flight to New York. She describes him having his hands all over her, including attempting to put his hand up her skirt, as well as groping her breasts. She says she then got up and moved away from him to another seat at the back of the plane.
He was like an octopus, it was like he had six arms, he was all over the place. - Jessica Leeds
The second account comes from Rachel Crooks, who worked as a receptionist for Bayrock Group in Trump Tower. She describes an incident from 2005 when she was 22 years old. She says that she saw Mr. Trump and introduced herself to him shaking his hand. She then claims that he would not let go, and he began kissing her on the cheek, eventually kissing her directly on the mouth.
I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that. - Rachel Crooks
Trump responded on Twitter Thursday morning to the New York Times article:
Two allegations at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort
Another two incidents were reported on, one in People and the other in the Palm Beach Post. They both detail encounters with Trump that took place at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
A woman named Mindy McGillivray, age 36, gave an account to the Palm Beach Post. She spoke about an incident from 13 years ago at the Mar-a-Lago Club when she was 23 years old. She was there helping a friend of hers named Ken Davidoff who was the photographer there for a Ray Charles concert. She claims that Donald Trump came up behind her and groped her, squeezing her bum.
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. - Mindy McGillivray
A second incident from Mar-a Lago was published in People on Wednesday. It details the experience of People reporter Natasha Stoynoff. She was at the Mar-a-Lago resort for an interview with Donald and Melania Trump to discuss their first wedding anniversary. She claims that when she was alone with Donald before the interview he pushed her against a wall and began to forcibly kiss her. She says that Trump later talked to her again that day saying “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?”
Trump responded with a tweet for this incident as well:
Tape and allegations creating problems for Trump
This is certainly not good news for Donald Trump, as the last thing he wants is more allegations coming out against him. The hot mic tape did enough damage on its own, with many Republican withdrawing support for him. Since he has publicly denied committing the acts in the tape claiming it was only talk, it appears more damaging as multiple women come forwards saying he did indeed grope and kiss them in the manner he described.