At least 25 women are now accusing US President Donald Trump of sexual assault. The allegations range from sexual harassment to rape. So far, Trump has denied all allegations – some with absurd explanations.
It’s a flurry of allegations. There are now so many that the White House no longer even takes a position on each of them. Since the infamous recording of Trump boasting about grabbing women by the genitals without being asked, shortly before the 2016 election, over two dozen women have gone public with allegations against him. The allegations go back to the 1970s.
And now Amy Dorris, a former model, joins this sad list. Seven weeks before the election, lagging behind in the polls, Donald Trump needs another sex scandal.
So far, Trump has always rejected all allegations as “fabricated” and politically motivated reports, some with bizarre justifications, such as that the women were not “attractive” enough for him to even approach them sexually.
Before his election in 2016, he announced: “All these liars will be sued after the election is over.” In fact, that never happened, but several of the women have since sued him. These are their allegations:
E. Jean Carroll
Former Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll accuses President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in the mid-1990s. He pressed her against the wall in the changing room of a department store and pressed his penis into her. Trump denies the allegations in a statement: “This is a completely wrong and unrealistic story that emerges 25 years after it supposedly happened and that was only invented to damage the president’s reputation.”
During their divorce in 1990, Trump’s first wife Ivana Trump accused her then-husband of rape her out of anger in 1989. Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen argued in 2015 that his client could not have rape Ivana because “you cannot rape your own spouse”. Ivana is the mother of Donald Trump’s three oldest children: Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka Trump.
“He was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere,” says Jessica Leeds of Donald Trump and tells the New York Times in October 2016 how Trump sat next to her on the plane in the late 1970s and put his hand under her skirt and touched her . Trump denies the allegations and said at an election rally in October 2016 that Leeds was not attractive enough to be touched by him: “Believe me, it would not be my first choice.”
Kristin Anderson, a photographer and former model, accuses Trump of grabbing her skirt in a New York nightclub in the early 1990s and touching her gender through her underwear. Hope Hicks, his former spokeswoman, called the allegations “totally ridiculous” when they became known.
Lisa Boyne, a businesswoman, told HuffPost in October 2016 that she attended a 1996 dinner with Trump that forced several other women in attendance to go over a table to leave the room. Boyne describes how Trump looked under the women’s skirts and commented on their underwear and genitals. Trump also asked which of the women he should sleep with. Boyne is one of the women who asked Congress to officially investigate the various allegations against Trump.
Cathy Heller interviewed the Guardian in October 2016 and said she attended a Mother’s Day brunch with her husband, children and in-laws in Mar-a-Lago in the 1990s. At some point Trump approached her table, introduced himself to her and kissed her violently: “He took my hand and grabbed me and immediately aimed at my lips,” said Heller in the interview.
Amy Dorris, a former model, accused the current US president in a recent Guardian interview of sexually assaulting her at the US Open tennis tournament in New York more than two decades ago. Dorris claims that Trump spoke to her in his VIP box at the event outside the bathroom on September 5, 1997, and then groped her and stuck his tongue down her throat.
Karena Virginia, a yoga teacher and life coach, told the Washington Post in October 2016 that Trump grabbed her while waiting for her car before the 1998 US Open in New York. Virginia, then 27, said she first heard Trump talk about her legs to other men until he approached her, grabbed her arm, touched her chest, and asked, “Don’t you know who I am? “
Karen Johnson, a regular at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort in Florida, accuses Trump of dragging her behind a tapestry, kissing and fondling her without her consent and forcibly grabbing her between the legs during a New Year’s Eve party in the early 2000s.
Melinda McGillivray also went public in October 2016, telling the Palm Beach Post that Trump groped her buttocks backstage during a concert in Mar-a-Lago in 2003.
Jennifer Murphy and Juliet Huddy
Two women, Jennifer Murphy and Juliet Huddy, both reported how Trump kissed them without their consent. However, they did not feel attacked or harassed at the time. Juliet Huddy, a former Fox News host, said that unwanted kiss happened after meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan in 2005 or 2006. Jennifer Murphy, a former contestant on Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice,” said Trump unexpectedly kissed her after an interview at Trump Tower in 2005.
Rachel Crooks accuses Trump of kissing her on the mouth without her consent when she introduced herself to him in 2005 at Trump Tower in Manhattan, where she worked as a receptionist. Crooks immediately described the incident to her sister at the time, and then to the New York Times in 2016. At the time, she did not take any action because she thought she would lose her job if she told her company about the incident with Trump.
Natasha Stoznoff is a journalist for People magazine and wrote a column in October 2016 about an incident with Trump in 2005 when he sexually molested her in Mar-a-Lago. She visited Trump and his then-new wife Melania on their property in Florida to write a story as a journalist about the couple’s first year of marriage. While the then pregnant Melania was getting changed for a photo shoot, Trump offered to show Stoynoff an “incredible” room at the resort. She writes: “We went into this room alone and Trump closed the door behind us. I turned and within seconds he was pressing me against the wall, forcing his tongue down my throat.”
Ninni Laaksonen, a model and former Miss Finland, told a Finnish newspaper “Ilta-Sanomat” in October 2016 that Trump had groped her behind the scenes at the 2006 “Late Show with David Letterman”.
Porn actress Jessica Drake accused Trump at a press conference in 2016 of grabbing and kissing her without permission. He also offered her money in 2006 to accept his private invitation to his penthouse hotel room in Lake Tahoe. Trump dismissed the allegations in a radio interview: “One said: ‘Oh no, he grabbed my arm.’ She’s a porn star! Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before. “
Summer Zervos, a former candidate for Trump’s show “The Apprentice”, accuses Trump of attacking her during a 2007 meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel. “He grabbed my shoulder and started kissing me very aggressively and put his hand on my chest,” she said during a press conference. When she tried to escape from him, he pulled her hand into the bedroom and threw himself on her. Zervos sued Trump for defamation after accusing her of lying about the allegations against him.
Alva Johnson, a former member of Trump’s campaign team, accused him of kissing her without her consent on August 24, 2016 at a rally in Tampa, Florida. Johnson filed a lawsuit against Trump in February.
Mariah Billado, Victoria Hughes, Tasha Dixon, Bridget Sullivan, Temple Taggart, Samantha Holvey and Cassandra Searles
Several participants in beauty pageants accuse Trump of sexual misconduct. Trump was the owner of these competitions at the time. Tasha Dixon and Bridget Sullivan agree that Trump came into their locker rooms to poke at them. “It was really shocking when he came in. We were all naked,” says Sullivan, calling Trump a “creepy uncle.” Two participants in the “teen” beauty contest, Mariah Billado and Victoria Hughes, also say Trump came into the girls’ changing rooms and said something like, “Don’t worry ladies, I’ve seen it all before.”
Temple Taggart, the former Miss Utah, told the New York Times in May 2016 that Trump “kissed her right on the lips” when she met him in the 1997 Miss USA contest. Trump did that again when she met him again in Trump Tower in Manhattan because he had offered to support her modeling career.
Samantha Holvey, a candidate in the Miss USA 2006 contest, told CNN in October 2016 how Trump personally inspected each of the candidates. “As if we were just flesh, just sexual objects, we weren’t human to him,” said Holvey. She has never felt so “dirty” in her life.
Cassandra Searles, who represented Washington state at the Miss USA pageant in 2013, describes similar occurrences: “He probably doesn’t want me to tell about that time when he kept grabbing my ass and inviting me into his hotel room.”
In a 2005 radio interview, Trump even appears to admit this behavior, boasting that he regularly went to the dressing rooms of contestants at beauty pageants while women were unclothed. “I go backstage before these shows and while everyone is getting dressed. And you know, there are no other men. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the beauty pageants,” Trump told the radio host. “You know they’re out of clothes right now. And you see these amazing looking women. And I somehow get away with these things.”