10 Times Donald Trump Has Been Accused of Sexual Harassment—Or Worse

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Women Protest Outside of Trump Tower in October.  Photo: Richard Drew (AP)

 

 

 

Since he first hit the campaign trail, Republican nominee Donald Trump’s history of misogynistic comments and offensive rhetoric toward women has become a major topic in the election. After the leak of a 2005 video in which Trump infamously said, “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” and then implied that he can “grab [women] by the pussy” whenever he wants, Trump blatantly denied ever acting on said “locker room talk” when questioned at the second presidential debate.

However, since the video was released, a slew of women have called B.S. on that denial, sharing stories claiming they’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted by Donald Trump. Here’s a list of some of the allegations of sexual misconduct the GOP presidential nominee is currently facing:

1. Natasha Stoynoff, writer for People
Natasha Stoynoff was on assignment for People interviewing Trump and wife Melania to mark their one-year anniversary in 2005. In her essay published by People, Stoynoff claims that Trump pushed her against a wall and forcibly kissed her when his then-pregnant wife had left the room. Stoynoff writes that Trump then told her they were going to have an affair. “In those few minutes alone with Trump, my self-esteem crashed to zero. How could the actions of one man make me feel so utterly violated?” she wrote. At a rally in Florida, Trump responded to the comments by calling them “totally and absolutely false” and then saying, “Take a look—you take a look, look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think—I don’t think so. I don’t think so.”

2. Jessica Leeds, seatmate on a first class flight
Jessica Leeds, now 74, told The New York Times about an incident that she says occurred over 30 years ago when she was seated next to Trump in the first-class cabin on a flight to New York. Leeds alleges that Trump groped her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt mid-flight, causing her to flee to the back of the plane. “He was like an octopus, his hands were everywhere,” she said. “It was an assault.” In response, Trump has said he plans to take legal action against the Times for defamation.

3. Rachel Crooks, receptionist at Trump Tower
The same New York Times report also detailed allegations from a former receptionist at Trump Tower in Manhattan who claims that when she introduced herself to Trump outside an elevator in the building, he refused to let her go after they shook hands. Instead, he allegedly started kissing her cheeks and then “kissed me directly on the mouth.” “It was so inappropriate,” she said. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.” Trump has also denied these claims.

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