Trump sex misconduct allegations: 2 more women, one an ‘Apprentice’ star, allege touching without consent
Michael Walsh, October 14, 2016
Two more women came forward Friday with new allegations that Donald Trump touched them inappropriately and without their consent.
In a televised press conference with star lawyer Gloria Allred, former “Apprentice” star Summer Zervos came forward with claims that the now Republican presidential nominee forcibly kissed her, groped her breast and embraced her without her consent while thrusting his genitals toward her.
“He came to me and started kissing me open-mouthed as he was pulling me towards him. I walked away and I sat down in a chair. He was on a love seat across from me and I made an attempt at conversation,” Zervos said. “He then asked me to sit next to him. I complied. He then grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast.”
Zervos appeared on season 5 of Trump’s popular reality show, which aired in 2006, and was the first contestant to be “fired.” She said the incident she described took place in 2007 in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel during what she thought would be a meeting to discuss a job with his organization.
After the first round of alleged kissing, Zervos said she walked to another part of the room but Trump tried kissing her again and she had to push him away.
“I pushed his chest, put space between us and said, ‘Come on man, get real.’ He repeated my words back to me, ‘get real,’ as he began thrusting his genitals,” Zervos said. After being rejected, she continued, Trump got angry and said that he doubted she had ever been in love.
“I did not want to discuss my personal life with him,” Zervos said. “Just before dinner arrived, he transformed into being all about business and started to question me as if I were on a job interview.” Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the TV show The Apprentice, is embraced by lawyer Gloria Allred (L) while speaking about allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump during a news conference in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 14, 2016. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters)
Breaking into tears, Zervos said that upon her father’s advice she decided to meet Trump at one of his golf courses the following day because she was still interested in getting a job with Trump’s organization.
A few days later, she was offered a job at the golf course for half of the salary she had been seeking, she said. She called Trump, she said, to tell him she felt as if she had been penalized for not sleeping with him.
“Mr. Trump said he was golfing and could not discuss it at that time,” she said. “In a subsequent conversation about the job, Mr. Trump told me that I should never again use his private number and that if I wanted to reach him I should contact him through his office.”
Zervos said that she was given “the runaround” and ultimately did not get a job within his organization.
Hours before that press conference, the Washington Post published an interview with Kristin Anderson, 46, who alleged that Trump put his hand up her skirt and touched her vagina through her underwear. She said the incident occurred in the early 1990s in a Manhattan nightclub when she was in her early 20s and living in New York City to pursue a career as a model.
Anderson, now a photographer living in Southern California, shared her story with the Post after a week of intense scrutiny concerning the Republican presidential nominee’s past behavior with women. At least eight women, including Anderson, have accused Trump of groping or kissing them without their consent.
“The reason that I’m saying this now and not before — where I didn’t think it was consequential to talk about before — was basically the bus tape that is so disgusting, really,” Anderson said in a video interview with the Post. “I watched this woman who could’ve been me, it could’ve been anyone, walk in and shake his hand. And that was just nauseating because she has no idea what she’s walking into and what could possibly happen to her.”
Anderson recalls feeling a hand on her genitals and shoving it away, then quickly moving jumping off the red velvet couch where she was seated. When she turned around to look at the man she says molested her, she said she immediately recognized him as Trump, who was a big-time celebrity and fixture at Manhattan clubs.
Donald Trump at a rally in Florida on Thursday. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)
The 2005 video Anderson mentions is the now infamous leaked hot mic tape in which Trump and then “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush are discussing women as they head to the set of “Days of Our Lives” to meet actress Arianne Zucker. Before meeting up with her, Trump can be heard bragging about how his celebrity status allows him to grab women “by the p****.”
Trump has defended his lewd conversation as “locker room talk” and “just words,” and he told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in the second presidential debate that he has never touched a woman without her consent.
Anderson’s allegations suggest that he has, in fact, done exactly what he described in the conversation with Bush.
Anderson said she felt the need to speak up after reading a story published in the New York Times in which Jessica Leeds told her story about Trump allegedly groping her on a New York-bound airplane and Natasha Stoynoff’s article in People magazine about him allegedly pushing her up against a wall and “forcing his tongue” down her throat.
“I was in a fortuitous position. I could just get up and move but what if I hadn’t been,” Anderson said. “After that I was like, ‘OK, you know what? Let me just back these girls up! You know, that’s not OK.”
Including these two new allegations, at least eight women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct: Leeds and Stoynoff’s claims are detailed above. Rachel Crooks told the New York Times Trump kissed her on the mouth outside an elevator at Trump Tower in 2005. Mindy McGillivray, in an interview with the Palm Beach Post, said he groped her at Mar-a-Lago in 2000. Cassandra Searles said he groped her buttocks in a hotel room, according to a report on the Washington local station K5 News. Temple Taggert said he kissed her on the lips at the Miss USA pageant in 1997, NBC News reported. And Jill Harth said he groped her in his daughter Ivanka’s bedroom in 1997, as reported in the Guardian over the summer.
At the time, Anderson said, she brushed off her encounter with Trump as inconsequential but now knows it’s important to talk about it.
“If you’re letting someone stick his hand up your skirt who one, did not even introduce himself. You weren’t even speaking with them,” she said, “they’re sort of groping you on the side, on the fly, like you’re some sort of stuffed animal on the couch, that is really not OK.”
Trump’s campaign has repeatedly denied the accusations that he has made unwanted sexual advances on women