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More women are coming out accusing Donald Trump of fondling or kissing them without their permission the Chicago Tribune is reporting. These accusations are coming just days after the Republican presidential hopeful insisted in a debate Sunday that he had never engaged in such behavior, dismissing it as “locker-room talk,” a term many athletes have slammed as inappropriate.
One of the women, Jessica Leeds, 74, said that she had learned to live with her ordeal, but had to come out with her story when it became evident that Trump could be the president of the United States and that he had denied ever assaulting a woman.
“I wanted to punch the screen…I was angry and shook up…his behavior is deep seated in character…to those who would vote for him…I would wish for them to reflect on this.”
Three decades ago, Ms. Leeds claimed that she was invited to occupy an empty seat in first class by a flight attendant. According to the 38-year-old at the time, the seat happened to be next to Donald Trump. According to records, the businessman did not own his fleet of private aircraft at that time.
Ms. Leeds said she exchanged pleasantries with Trump, who asked if she was married. She responded by telling him that she was divorced. After dinner had been served and the plane was in the air, Ms. Leeds said the businessman had purportedly moved towards her and began to grope her. According to the business executive for a paper company, the real estate magnate grabbed her breasts and tried to hitch up her skirt.
“He was like an octopus…his hands were everywhere…it was an assault.”
Ms. Leeds said she did not tell airline staff about the incident because it was not her first time of rebuffing sexual advances from men. According to her, it was a norm for women in the 70s and 80s, adding that “we accepted it for years…we were taught it was our fault.”
Jessica Leeds said she ran into Trump two years later at a charity event in New York and the Republican presidential nominee rather than show remorse, addressed her with a crude remark.
Jessica Leeds confirmed that she had told a number of people about the incident as Trump’s political popularity spiked, including her son, nephew, and close friends. Friends had told Jessica to tell her story to media outlets, but she had refused until Sunday’s presidential debate.
Another woman, Rachel Crooks, agreed to come forward with her own story because Donald Trump denied on national television that he had never groped women before. Ms. Crooks said she was a receptionist working with a real estate and development company in Trump Tower, Manhattan, when she bumped into Donald Trump in an elevator in 2005.
Ms. Crooks who was 22-years-old at the time said she knew that her company did business with Trump and introduced herself to the businessman. According to her, when they shook hands, the presidential nominee refused to let go of her hand and instead leaned forward and kissed her cheeks and told her to “kiss me directly on the mouth.”
“It was so inappropriate…I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
A shocked Ms. Crooks said she returned to her desk and placed a call to her sister, Brianne Webb, who lived in a small town in Ohio. Brianne said her sister was deeply affected by the incident.
“She was very worked up about it….being from a town of 1,600 people, being naïve, I was like ‘Are you sure he didn’t just miss trying to kiss you on the cheek?”’
Rachel Crooks shared the Trump incident with her boyfriend at that time, Clinton Hackenberg. Hackenberg recalled that Rachel was devastated because she believed that she could not do anything about the elevator incident.
“She was 22…she was a secretary…it was her first job out of college, ‘I can’t do anything to this guy, because he’s Donald Trump.”’
A third woman, Mindy McGillivray said Trump grabbed her posterior at his Mar-a-Lago resort in 2003 while in the company of a photographer friend. A fourth woman, Natasha Stoynoff, a reporter for People Magazine, claimed Donald Trump kissed her without consent when she tried to do a wedding anniversary story on him and his wife, Melania Trump in 2005.
“I turned around and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, forcing his tongue down my throat.”
Cassandra Searles, Miss Washington 2013, in a Facebook post had alleged that Donald Trump treated pageant contestants like livestock and persistently grabbed her a** after inviting her to his hotel room. Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah, said Mr. Trump allegedly kissed her more than once when she was a 21-year-old contestant.
Donald Trump in a phone interview denied the claims saying none of the things he was being accused of ever took place, adding that the reporter “a disgusting human being,” for asking him about the allegations.
The Trump Campaign camp in an issued statement called the accusations an organized character assassination attempt against the Republican presidential nominee.
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