From Hollywood to Washington D.C., the country is finally having the hard conversations it has so badly needed, centered on sexual misconduct. But with these conversations comes a renewed spotlight on the many women who have come forward with their own harrowing allegations of sexual misconduct against our own president. Donald Trump faces scores of allegations dating back to the 1970s.
The conversation on Trump’s inappropriate behavior is not new, but it did see an increase as women came forward surrounding his now infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, where Trump was crudely bragging about how he could grab women’s genitals in 2005.
Trump has dismissed every single allegation, calling them women liars and saying that they were in cahoots with the mainstream media. He also said they would all be sued after the election. Guess what? They haven’t. Maybe he wants to keep the lid sealed on these stories in the light of an upcoming battle for the 2020 election.
Here are the 23 women and their stories, in chronological order. Keep scrolling.
In a New York Times interview in October 2016, Jessica Leeds said that Trump put his hand up her skirt and groped her as he sat next to her on a flight in the 70s. She said she tried to get away from him by going to the back of the plane but “He was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere.”
Leeds said in an interview with Megyn Kelly in December that she ran into Trump at an NY gala three years after the plane incident and he recognized her and called her a c—.
“He called me the worst name ever. It was shocking. It was like a bucket of cold water being thrown over me.”
Trump denied the allegations and actually suggested that Leeds wasn’t attractive enough for him to assault. WHAT??
Trump said, “People that are willing to say, ‘Oh, I was with Donald Trump in 1980, I was sitting with him on an airplane, and he went after me. Believe me, she would not be my first choice.”
Trump’s first wife and the mother of his three eldest children, Ivana Trump, has accused her former husband of sexually assaulting her. Ivana said Trump attacked her in a fit of rage after he had a “scalp reduction” procedure that turned out to be painful and was done by a doctor that SHE had recommended. She claims he tore her clothes and ripped out her hair
Harry Hurt III, wrote a 1993 book about Trump, and included information he obtained from depositions. He says, “Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than 16 months. Ivana is terrified … It is a violent assault… According to versions she repeats to some of her closest confidantes, ‘he raped me.'”
Trump said of Hurt’s description of Ivana’s claim that it was “obviously false” according to Newsday in 1993.
Kristin Anderson is a photographer and former model who claimed that at a New York City nightclub in the early 1990s,
Trump reached up under her skirt and fondled her vagina. Anderson said she wasn’t even talking with Trump at that moment and he groped her without her consent.
She told The Washington Post in October 2016, “So, the person on my right who, unbeknownst to me at that time was Donald Trump, put their hand up my skirt. He did touch my vagina through my underwear, absolutely. And as I pushed the hand away and I got up and I turned around and I see these eyebrows, very distinct eyebrows, of Donald Trump.”
Trump denied this one through a statement from his then-spokeswoman and current White House communications director, Hope Hicks, who told the Post in October 2016, “It is totally ridiculous.”
Jill Harth told the Guardian in July 2016 that she worked with Trump in the 1990s and that he pushed her against a wall, pushed his hand up her skirt, and tried to forcibly kiss her at a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort. She also told the New York Times. “He was relentless. I didn’t know how to handle it. I would go away from him and say I have to go to the restroom. It was the escape route
Trump used Hicks again to respond. She said, “Mr. Trump denies each and every statement made by Ms. Harth.”
Lisa Boyne worked in the health food industry as an entrepreneur in the 1990s. She told HuffPost in October 2016 that she was at a 1996 dinner with Trump where several other women in attendance were forced to walk across a table while Trump looked up their skirts and commented on their underwear and genitals in order to leave. She says Trump asked her opinion on which of the women he should have sex with.
Boyne and three other women on this list, Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey, Rachel Crooks asked Congress to investigate Trump in December.
Hicks once again came to Trump’s defense against Boyne’s allegations, saying “Mr. Trump never heard of this woman and would never do that.”
Mariah Billado and Victoria Hughes
These two Miss Teen USA contestants told BuzzFeed News in October 2016 that Donald Trump used to walk in on them when they were dressing in their dressing rooms.
Mariah Billado, who was Miss Teen Vermont in 1997, told BuzzFeed “I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here,'”. Billado said that Trump tried to console them with a sentiment such as, “Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before.”
Victoria Hughes, a former Miss New Mexico, corroborated her story and said to BuzzFeed, “It was certainly the most inappropriate time to meet us all for the first time.”
Now with these allegations, Trump seemed to admit to this type of behavior when he in an April 2005 interview with radio host Howard Stern when he admitted that he did regularly walk into the contestants’ dressing rooms while the the women were naked.
He bragged, “I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else. And you know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant. You know they’re standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible-looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that.”
But in October 2016, the Trump campaign once again denied the claims and called the allegations “politically motivated” lies.
Temple Taggart is a former Miss Utah who told the New York Times in May 2016 that Trump kissed her on the lips right when she met him at the Miss USA pageant in 1997. She said Trump repeated the same behavior exactly when she met him again at The Trump Tower because he offered to aid her modeling career. Taggart has since said that her allegations were “brushed under the rug.”
No surprise that Trump denies this. He told NBC News in October 2016, “I don’t even know who she is.”
In 2016, Cathy Heller told the Guardian that she was attending a Mother’s Day brunch with her family at Mar-a-Lago in the 1990s when Trump walked up to her table, introduced himself, and kissed her. She said, “He took my hand, and grabbed me, and went for the lips.”
A Trump campaign spokesman denied it, of course, saying, “There is no way that something like this would have happened in a public place on Mother’s Day at Mr. Trump’s resort. It would have been the talk of Palm Beach for the past two decades.”
Karena Virginia, told the Washington Post in October 2016 that she was groped by Donald Trump as she waited for her car outside the US Open in 1998. Virginia said she overheard Trump talking with some men about her legs and that he then came up to her, grabbed her arm, and touched her breast before asking, “Don’t you know who I am?”
Trump representative Jessica Ditto said in response to these claims. “Voters are tired of these circus like antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton.”