Donald Trump’s debate night denial that he had ever engaged in any of the sexually aggressive behaviors he described in a 2005 taped conversation has led at least four women to come forward to say he forcibly groped or kissed them in the past.
The most explosive allegations, contained in a New York Times report published Wednesday night, come from a now 74-year-old woman who said Trump groped her on board an airline flight more than 30 years ago.
Jessica Leeds told the Times Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hands up her skirt. She described Trump as “like an octopus,” with hands everywhere.
A second woman quoted in the article, Rachel Crooks, said Trump kissed her on the mouth after meeting her in Trump Tower in 2005.
“I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” Crooks told the Times.
The Trump campaign threatened sue the Times for publishing the story.
“This entire article is fiction, and for The New York Times to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr. Trump on a topic like this is dangerous,” Trump communications director Jason Miller wrote in a statement. “To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr. Trump trivializes sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election.”
Mindy McGillivray was also infuriated by Trump’s comments on Sunday night. She told the Palm Beach Post that she yelled “liar” at her television, then told the paper Trump grabbed her rear end when she was working at Mar-a-Lago 13 years ago.
“This was a pretty good nudge. More of a grab,’’ she said. “It was pretty close to the center of my butt. I was startled, I jumped,” she told the paper.
Also Wednesday night, KING5 television in Seattle reported that a former Ms. Washington wrote on Facebook that Trump had grabbed her as well, and invited her back to his hotel room in 2013.
The Trump campaign has not responded to either of those reports.
And then there was the People magazine writer who shared her story about her interactions with Trump circa December 2005, right around the time the now-infamous conversation with Billy Bush took place.
The Trump campaign responded and said, "This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story."
The Clinton campaign responded to the Times story with a statement from communications director Jennifer Palmieri.
“This disturbing story sadly fits everything we know about the way Donald Trump has treated women,” Palmieri wrote. “These reports suggest that he lied on the debate stage and that the disgusting behavior he bragged about in the tape are more than just words.”