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More Women Accuse Donald Trump of Groping Them: "He Was Like an Octopus"

More Women Accuse Donald Trump of Groping Them: "He Was Like an Octopus"

Jessica Leeds
Jessica Leeds

Trump's campaign continues to deny all allegations.

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Multiple women have come forward alleging that Donald Trump's "locker room talk" is more than talk.

In a leaked audio tape from 2005, the Republican nominee for president graphically described what he believed to be the entitlements of celebrity, namely that you can "grab [women] by the pussy." "When you're a star, they let you do it," he told the Today show's Billy Bush, then the host of Access Hollywood.

Trump apologized in a videotaped mea culpa that aired Friday night on CNN. "Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am," he said, later dismissing them as just the kinds of things men talk about.

Multiple women, however, have come forward to allege that Trump has done exactly what he described on the tape--touching them without their consent.

Jessica Leeds, who was seated next to Trump on a first-class flight in the 1980s, says that the billionaire businessman put his hand up her skirt. Leeds, a representative for a paper company, was traveling for work. The woman, who is now 74, claimed that she had to request to moved all the way to the back of the airplane to get away from his continued groping.

"He was like an octopus," she told the New York Times. "His hands were everywhere."

Rachel Crooks, then just 22, says she shared an elevator with the CEO in New York's Trump Tower. She worked for Bayrock Group, a real estate firm that has office space in the building. Knowing that her firm had a professional relationship with Trump, Crooks made an introduction, but a casual greeting quickly turned into a nightmare when he refused to release her from the handshake. He allegedly kissed her on the mouth and wouldn't let go.

"It was so inappropriate," Crooks told the Times. "I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that."

Mindy McGillivray, now 36, was the assistant on a photoshoot at the Mar-A-Lago in 2003, a lavish private club in Palm Beach, Florida owned by Trump. Ken Davidoff, the photographer for the event, told the Palm Beach Postthat McGillivray was her indignant after being manhandled by Trump.

"Donald just grabbed my ass!" he recalled her saying.

The most graphic account, though, comes from Natasha Stoynoff, formerly a writer for People magazine. Stoynoff, who was assigned to the "Trump Beat" in the early 2000s, claimed that the businessman cornered her while she was working on a cover story about the impending pregnancy of his wife, Melania.

Trump claimed that he wanted to show Stoynoff a "tremendous" room on his Florida estate and used the tour as ruse to get her alone.

"Trump shut the door behind us," she writes in an op-ed for the lifestyle magazine. "I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat. ... [H]e 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."

When Trump accompanied Stoynoff downstairs to interview his wife, the CEO bluntly informed her that the two were going to have an affair.

"I'm not sure what locker room talk consists of these days," Stoynoff concludes. "I only know that I wasn't in a locker room when he pushed me against a wall. I was in his home, as a professional, and his beautiful pregnant wife was just upstairs."

In addition to multiple claims of Trump forcing himself on unsuspecting women, more allegations of his lewd and predatory behavior have surfaced.

Five women claimed that he entered the contestants' changing area as the host of Miss Teen USA in 1997. Although four of the accusers have chosen to remain anonymous, Victoria Hughes--the former Miss New Mexico--toldBuzzFeed in an email that his behavior was "inappropriate."

"The youngest girl was 15," she alleged, "and I was the eldest at 19."

"I recall chaperones saying that we had a visitor and to get covered up," she added. "The black curtains opened and in walks Mr. Trump smiling. He wished us all good luck, did not stay very long and left. As teenagers, it no doubt caught us off guard, as the timing of the entrance could've been better and less awkward for us all."

Trump, who oversaw with pageant until last year, previously bragged about the encounter in a 2005 interview with radio host Howard Stern.

"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," Trump said. "'Is everyone OK?' You know, they're standing there with no clothes. 'Is everybody OK?' And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that."

Further corroborating the contestants' claims is a video from CBS News that further spotlights his extremely suspect relationship with young women, even preteen girls.

The segment, which was recorded in 1992, shows Christmastime in the Trump Tower, filled with shoppers making last-minute purchases for the holiday season. Trump, off-camera, spots a little girl passing by and asks if she plans to ride the escalator. She says that she is. "I am going to be dating her in 10 years," he responds. "Can you believe it?"

The girl appears to be no more than ten. Trump was 46 at the time the video was broadcast.

Trump's camp has denied the myriad allegations. His campaign manager, KellyAnne Conway, said that she couldn't confirm reports that the GOP nominee went backstage at the Miss Teen USA pageant because she wasn't present. When informed of the Times report, he threatened to sue the paper, claiming that they were making up false accusations to damage his campaign.

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