In total 19 women came forward with claims of sexual misconduct against Trump including lewd remarks, harassment, groping and sexual assault. Here we look at the Access Hollywood tape which was released during the 2016 campaign which was a catalyst for many of the complaints and details of the 19 women’s claims.
In response to the 19 women, Donald Trump tweeted on December 12 2017 “Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!”
Access Hollywood Tape
Back in October 2016 an Access Hollywood tape was released Washington Post – Access Hollywood Video which shows a 2005 conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush. The conversation happened whilst on an Access Hollywood bus, when the arriving on the set of “Days of Our Lives” to tape a segment about Trump’s cameo on the show.
During the conversation Trump uses vulgar terms about kissing, groping and attempting to have sex with women.
A transcript of the video is as follows:
[Donald Trump]: “I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it.”
[Another Voice]: “Whoa,” another voice said.
[Donald Trump]: “I did try and fuck her. She was married.”
[Donald Trump]: “And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’”
[Donald Trump]: “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump says. “Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
[Billy Bush]: “Your girl’s hot as shit, in the purple.”
[Donald Trump]: “Whoa!”
[Donald Trump]: “I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her, you know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
[Donald Trump]: “And when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything.”
[Billy Bush]: “Whatever you want.”
[Donald Trump]: “Grab them by the pussy, you can do anything.”
On October 7 2016, Trump issued a video statement saying, “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize,” before adding “Let’s be honest we’re living in the real world, this is nothing more than a distraction,” Trump finishes the statement by saying “Bill Clinton has actually abused women, and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days, see you at the debate on Sunday.”
After the video was publicized, a large number of women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump. In total 19 women came forward with claims of lewd remarks, harassment, groping and sexual assault against Donald Trump.
The following are details from each accuser – listed in chronological order.
1. Jessica Leeds
Year: Early 1980s
Where: On an airplane
Allegation: Leeds told the New York Times in October 2016 that she sat next to Trump in a first-class cabin on a flight in the 1980s. Almost an hour into the flight, he lifted the armrest and “grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt,” she told the newspaper. “He was an octopus,” she added. “His hands were everywhere.”
Response: “None of this ever took place.”
2. Ivana Trump
Allegation: Trump’s ex-wife described a 1989 sexual encounter she had with him as “rape” in a deposition during their divorce proceedings in 1990. In 1993 Ivana added “On one occasion during 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage. As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent.”
3. Kristin Anderson
Year: Early 1990s
Where: Unnamed Manhattan nightclub
Allegation: Anderson told the Washington Post in October 2016 that she encountered Trump at an unnamed Manhattan nightclub when he was seated next to her on a red velvet couch. She said “his fingers slid under her miniskirt, moved up her inner thigh, and touched her vagina through her underwear.”
Response: Hope Hicks, the White House Communications Director told the Washington Post “Mr. Trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is illogical and nonsensical to think Donald Trump was alone in a nightclub in Manhattan and that the alleged incident and recognition of Mr. Trump went unnoticed by both the woman involved and anyone else in this ‘crowded’ venue”
4. Jill Harth
Where: A Manhattan nightclub and later at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Club
Allegation: Harth and her then-boyfriend, George Houraney, entered into a business venture with Donald Trump which included holding an event at one of Trump Atlantic City casinos. Donald Trump made unwanted sexual advances towards her, including groping her under her skirt on two different occasions in 1992 and 1993 during their initial meetings, according to Harth’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom.
Response: Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, made the following statement “it is disheartening that one has to dignify a response to the below absurd query, Mr. Trump denies each and every statement made by Ms. Harth as these 24-year-old allegations lack any merit or veracity.”
5. Lisa Boyne
Where: Restaurant in Lower Manhattan
Allegation: Boyne described a dinner in which the women sitting in a circular booth could only leave if they walked across the table. According to Boyne, Trump used the opportunity to look up their skirts and comment on their underwear and genitals. She added that Trump did not make any advances toward her, but asked for her input on which of the other women he should sleep with.
Response: Hope Hicks made the following statement “Mr. Trump never heard of this woman and would never do that.”
6. Mariah Billado
Where: Miss Teen USA
Allegation: Billado claimed that Trump had walked in on her and other contestants while they were changing. “I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here.’”. Billado said Trump responded by telling them not to worry and that he’d seen it all before.
Response: The Trump campaign said the following “these accusations have no merit and have already been disproven by many other individuals who were present. When you see questionable attacks like this magically put out there in the final month of a presidential campaign, you have to ask yourself what the political motivations are and why the media is pushing it.”
7. Cathy Heller
Where: Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Club
Allegation: Heller stated that she met Trump during a Mother’s Day brunch held at Mar-a-Lago, where she was dining with her husband, her children, and her in-laws. According to her, Trump was greeting attendees table by table. Heller said that Trump “took my hand, and grabbed me, and went for the lips,” without her consent. She said Trump held her in place and kissed her adding that she felt “angry and shaken.”
Response: Jason Miller, a Trump 2016 campaign spokesman responded “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.”
8. Temple Taggart
Where: Miss USA and Trump Tower
Allegation: When Taggart was introduced to her, Taggart said, Trump “kissed me directly on the lips.” She stated that Trump repeated his actions during a subsequent meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan, which she attended because of his offers to help her obtain modeling contracts.
Response: Donald Trump stated that “I don’t even know who she is,” Trump told NBC News. “She claims this took place in a public area. I never kissed her. I emphatically deny this ridiculous claim.”
9. Karena Virginia
Where: US Open Tennis Tournament
Allegation: Virginia claimed that Trump put his arm around her and touched her breast. She said she encountered Trump while waiting alone for a car outside the tournament building.
Response: Jessica Ditto, a Trump campaign spokeswomen denied Virginia’s claims, adding “voters are tired of these circuslike antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton.”
10. Bridget Sullivan
Where: Miss Teen USA pageant
Allegation: Sullivan claimed that, Trump would “hug you just a little low on your back” and give women “a squeeze like a creepy uncle would.” She also said Trump would walk through the young women’s dressing rooms while they were naked and changing.
Response: Hope Hicks said that Sullivan’s story and similar ones shared by some contestants were “totally false.”
11. Tasha Dixon
Where: Miss USA pageant
Allegation: Dixon said Trump would visit the women’s dressing room while the contestants were changing. “He just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Other girls were naked.”
Response: “These accusations have no merit and have already been disproven by many other individuals who were present,” the campaign said in a statement. “When you see questionable attacks like this magically put out there in the final month of a presidential campaign, you have to ask yourself what the political motivations are and why the media is pushing it.”
12. Melinda McGillivray
Where: Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Club
Allegation: McGillivray claimed that Trump clandestinely groped her while she and others were meeting Ray Charles after his performance, “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.”
Response: No response
13. Rachel Crooks
Where: Trump Tower, New York
Allegation: Crooks claimed that she encountered Trump outside the elevator in Trump Tower in Manhattan, where she worked for a real-estate-investment company. She said Trump shook her hand, wouldn’t let go, and then pulled her in for a kiss on the cheeks and the mouth. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” she said.
Response: Trump told the New York Times “None of this ever took place.”
14. Natasha Stoynoff
Where: Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club
Allegation: People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff claimed that the now-presidential candidate pushed her against a wall, started “forcing his tongue” down her throat, and physically attacked her during a tour of the place. “Now, I’m a tall, strapping girl who grew up wrestling two giant brothers. I even once sparred with Mike Tyson. It takes a lot to push me. But Trump is much bigger — a looming figure — and he was fast, taking me by surprise and throwing me off balance,” she wrote.
Response: “There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story,” a spokeswoman said.
15. Jessica Drake
Where: Golf Tournament at Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Allegation: Drake said Trump invited her to his suite, she was uncomfortable going by herself so she took two friends, he “grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission.” Drake told reporters that Trump later called her and asked her to accompany him to dinner and a party. When she declined, she said Trump offered her $10,000 if she agreed to his offer.
Response: The Trump campaign said in a statement, “this story is totally false and ridiculous. The picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person, and would have no interest in ever knowing her. This is just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate who just today is number one in three different polls.”
16. Samantha Holvey
Where: Miss USA pageant
Allegation: Holvey claimed that Trump personally inspected her and the other contestants before the competition. “He would step in front of each girl and look you over from head to toe like we were just meat, we were just sexual objects, that we were not people. You know when a gross guy at the bar is checking you out? It’s that feeling.”
Response: No response
17. Ninni Laaksonen
Where: Backstage at the Late Show with David Letterman
Allegation: Laaksonen, stated in Finish, but translated into English, “Trump stood right next to me and suddenly he squeezed my butt. He really grabbed my butt. I don’t think anybody saw it, but I flinched and thought, ‘What is happening?’”
Response: No response
18. Summer Zervos
Where: The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles
Allegation: Former Apprentice contestant, Zervos claimed that she met Trump for dinner in 2007 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles to discuss job opportunities. Zervos claimed that upon greeting Trump “He then grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast. I pulled back and walked to another part of the room. He then walked up, grabbed my hand, and pulled me into the bedroom. I walked out.”
Response: Trump responded with “To be clear, I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago. That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I’ve conducted my life. In fact, Ms. Zervos continued to contact me for help, emailing my office on April 14 of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California.”
19. Cassandra Searles
Where: Miss USA pageant
Allegation: Searles said “this one guy treated us like cattle” during the stage introductions and “proceeded to have us lined up so he could get a closer look at his property.” She didn’t name Trump specifically, but she included a photo of him in the post and noted the “guy” was running for president. “He probably doesn’t want me telling the story about that time he continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room,” Searles added.
Response: No Response