Donald Trump dismissed the allegations he kissed or groped some half dozen women on Friday, calling such claims 'lies,' '100 percent made-up' and 'totally and completely fabricated.'
At the same moment Trump was mounting his defense in North Carolina, across the country in Los Angeles another woman was accusing him of predatory behavior.
Summer Zervos, a contestant on the fifth season of Trump’s competition reality show “The Apprentice” told reporters she had hoped Trump would be a business mentor to her when she reached out to him in 2007. Instead, she said he forcefully kissed and grabbed her.
“He asked me to sit next to him and I complied,” Zervos explained. “He then grabbed my shoulder and kissed me again very aggressively, and placed his hand on my breast.”
Zarvos pushed Trump away and said she told only a few people about that night until recently. Her attorney said watching the 2005 tape of Trump talking about grabbing women triggered her decision to come forward.
Earlier Friday, the Washington Post published the account of a former New York City-based model named Kristin Anderson. Anderson described getting felt up by Trump in a New York club one night in the early '90s.
“The person on me right, who unbeknownst to me at that time was Donald Trump, put their hand up my skirt,” Anderson told the Post. She also said she felt compelled to come forward in solidarity with the other women making accusations against Trump.
Trump has attacked the women who have made claims against him as politically motivated and lacking in corroborating evidence or witnesses.
Post reporter Karen Tumulty told WUSA9 that Anderson’s contemporaneous recounting of the Trump incident to friends and associates increase her credibility.
“She was discussing an act that was almost identical to the one that Trump described, but she was discussing it back in the early '90s, she was discussing it in 2007,” Tumulty said. “So that adds some measure of credibility.”
“I think probably there’s a very high likelihood that there are more of these stories out there,” she added.
The Trump campaign released the following statement from the victim's cousin to discredit her story.
I am completely shocked and bewildered by my cousin, Summer Zervos, and her press conference today. Ever since she was on The Apprentice she has had nothing but glowing things to say about Mr. Trump. For almost a decade, my cousin would talk about how much she looked up to Mr. Trump and viewed him as an inspiration – a success story she wanted to copy. Summer would also talk about how kind and caring Mr. Trump was on the show, and how he would even visit children in hospitals without telling the press. She has praised the good things he's done for her life, and in fact she converted her friends and our family to become Trump supporters even though we’ve never been active in politics before.
“That was until Summer invited Mr. Trump to her restaurant during the primary and he said no. I think Summer wishes she could still be on reality TV, and in an effort to get that back she’s saying all of these negative things about Mr. Trump. That’s not how she talked about him before. I can only imagine that Summer’s actions today are nothing more than an attempt to regain the spotlight at Mr. Trump’s expense, and I don’t think it reflects well.” – John Barry, Mission Viejo, CA (first cousin of Summer Zervos)