As of the of evening 10/15/16, at least nine women have come forward to affirm that Donald Trump’s interactions with them reflected the lewd and vulgar scenarios that he had detailed with women, in the 2005 “Hollywood Access” video tapes, made public in October 2016. Then during the 2nd presidential debate on 10/9/16, Mr. Trump stated for the record that he never acted with women in a similar manner as he described in the tapes. It was this denial along with what was said on the tapes which propelled these women to risk public censure by coming forward with their memories of how Mr. Trump had treated them with disrespect. He didn’t endear himself when he trotted out women from Clintons’ past onto the debate space in order to bully and humiliate our future, First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
I have tried to compile a list of the women who have gone public with their Donald Trump tales of inappropriate behaviors. The Guardian has listed most of these women in their 10/13/16 article, “Trump campaign rocked by new wave of sexual harassment allegations.” The following excerpts are from this report by Maria La Ganga in San Francisco and Ben Jacobs in Washington:
“A wave of claims about Donald Trump’s alleged sexual transgressions and inappropriate behaviour – in one case with a young girl – has emerged, threatening the Republican presidential nominee’s already fragile campaign less than a month before election day.”
“Ever since video of the real estate mogul surfaced on Friday showing him bragging about how he could grab women’s genitals with impunity, more and more women have come forward to claim they were demeaned and touched inappropriately.”
(There is one) “incident in which Trump appears to sexualize a young girl. The encounter with the young girl surfaced in a video of a 1992 Entertainment Tonight Christmas special in which Trump appeared, according to CBS News.”
“Trump was 46 at the time.“And on Wednesday (10/12/16), the stories told by an increasing number of women belied his protestations of innocence.”
“The New York Times published the story of two women who said that Trump “touched them inappropriately”.
“Jessica Leeds, 74, said that more than three decades ago, when she was a traveling businesswoman, she sat next to Trump in the first-class cabin of a New York-bound flight. The two had never met. About 45 minutes after takeoff, Trump lifted the armrest, she said, grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt. Leeds told the Times that “he was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere.”
“Rachel Crooks told the news organization that when she was a 22-year-old receptionist at a real estate investment and development company located in Trump Tower, she introduced herself to Trump when they were in an elevator. They shook hands, Crooks said, and Trump would not let go. Instead, she said, he began kissing her – on the cheeks and on the mouth. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” she said.”
“Later on Wednesday night (10/12/16), People Magazine published a story from one of its own reporters who claimed Trump had forced himself on her.“He was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat,”wrote Natasha Stoynoff about the 2005 incident, which happened after the leaked audio with Billy Bush was recorded. She said that Trump later insisted: “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?”
“The Palm Beach Post published a similar story told by Mindy McGillivray, who said Trump groped her 13 years ago at his Mar-a-Lago estate, in Palm Beach, Florida.”
In The Guardian, it was reported that “Trump deliberately walked in on two young Miss USA 2001 contestants while they were naked and getting dressed for a rehearsal, according to one of the former beauty contestants, who did not wish to be identified.”
“Mr Trump just barged right in, didn’t say anything, stood there and stared at us,” one of the women recalled. Trump’s attitude, she said, seemed to be: “I can do this because I can.”
“In addition, four women told Buzzfeed that Trump walked into the dressing room during the 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant while contestants were changing. Some were only 15 years old.”
“I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here’,” Mariah Billado, the former Miss Vermont Teen USA told Buzzfeed. Trump’s alleged response? “Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before.”
In 2005, Trump discussed going backstage at beauty pageants on air with the radio shock jock Howard Stern.
10/13/16 NBC News article: in a new interview with NBC, “Temple Taggart McDowell, a 1997 Miss Universe contestant representing Utah alleges multiple disturbing encounters occurring when she was 21 years old. The unwanted contact began the first time Taggart McDowell met the now 70-year-old business mogul, she said. After the contestant’s father introduced himself and his daughter to Trump at a pageant rehearsal, the GOP nominee immediately embraced her and planted a kiss on her lips. Taggart McDowell recalled that she was “shocked” and “embarrassed” by the forward gesture.”
10/14/16 AP story: Summer Zervos appeared at a news conference Friday with attorney Gloria Allred. Zervos is among several women who have made sexual allegations against the Republican nominee.
Zervos was a contestant on Trump’s show in 2006. She said she later contacted Trump sbout a job.
Zervos said after their initial meeting, Trump kissed her on the lips and asked for her phone number.
She said weeks later, Trump invited her to meet him at a hotel. Zervos says during that meeting, Trump became sexually aggressive, kissing her open-mouthed and touching her breasts.
On 10/14/16, the Washington posted a story by another woman coming forward.
“Kristin Anderson told the Post the incident lasted about 30 seconds. She said Trump put his hand up her thigh while she was talking to a friend on a couch in a nightclub.”
“Afterward, she thought, “Okay, Donald is gross. We all know he’s gross. Let’s just move on.”
“According to the Post, Kelly Stedman, a friend of Anderson confirmed that she told her about the incident at the time.”
According to The Guardian, Makeup artist Jill Harth filed a lawsuit (which he settled)against Mr. Trump in 1997, accusing him of cornering her and groping her in his daughter’s bedroom and on other occasions. They met in December 1992 during a business presentation when she and her former romantic partner George Houraney wanted him to back their American Dream festival.
“In 2013, a former Miss Washington USA Cassandra Searles claimed Trump grabbed her buttocks and invited her back to his hotel room, according to Rolling Stone. Ms. Searles wrote that he “lined up (contestants) so he could get a closer look at his property,” a claim that has been corroborated by Paromita Mitra of Mississippi.”
(Source: The Guardian) But in a written statement, the Trump campaign vigorously denied the New York Times story, calling it a gross political attack.
“This entire article is fiction, and for the New York Times to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr Trump on a topic like this is dangerous,” senior communications adviser Jason Miller said.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway confirmed to the Guardian on Wednesday night that the Republican nominee was filing a suit against the publication.
NOTE: I will be covering the Jane Doe story in a latter blog. She has filed a suit against Donald Trump, alleging rape when she was only 13 while being at one of Jeffrey Epstein’s parties.