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U.S. Politics A list of the women who’ve accused Donald Trump of sexual assault so far

U.S. ELECTION 2016

A list of the women who've accused Trump of sexual assault so far

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Donald Trump, under fire over lewd remarks he made in a 2005 video, says he doesn't grope women in the way he described and characterized his comments as "locker-room talk." But since the 2005 remarks came to light, new allegations have surfaced from women who claim that the Republican presidential candidate sexually assaulted them in the past. None of the allegations have been proven in court. Here are the ones that have emerged so far.


The video that started it all


On Oct. 7, The Washington Post resurfaced a 2005 video of Mr. Trump from the TV program Access Hollywood, raising a public outcry and new questions about the Republican candidate's past inappropriate behaviour toward women. In the recorded exchange with TV personality Billy Bush, Mr. Trump described a failed attempt to have sex with a married woman, boasted that his celebrity could let him "do anything" to women and described grabbing women by the genitals. Mr. Trump issued an apology for the video.

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At the second presidential debate, CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Mr. Trump whether he ever engaged in the sort of conduct he described in 2005. "No. I have not," he said.

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The women who came forward


Jessica Leeds

Jessica Leeds arrives at her apartment on Oct. 12, 2016.

Jessica Leeds arrives at her apartment on Oct. 12, 2016.

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When it allegedly happened: 1980s

How she knew him: Three decades ago, Ms. Leeds, who is now 74 and lives in Manhattan, worked for a paper company. She told The New York Times that she met Mr. Trump on a business-related flight to New York when she was 38, and was seated beside him in first class.

What she says happened: Shortly after the plane took off, Mr. Trump raised the armrest between them and allegedly began touching her, grabbing her breasts and trying to put his hand up her skirt, Ms. Leeds told the Times. "He was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere. … It was an assault." She didn't report the incident at the time.


Rachel Crooks

When it allegedly happened: 2005

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How she knew him: Ms. Crooks, 22 at the time, was a receptionist at a real-estate company, based in New York's Trump Tower, that Mr. Trump did business with.

What she says happened: Ms. Crooks, who now lives in Ohio, told the Times that she introduced herself to Mr. Trump one day outside an elevator in the building. When they shook hands, she said, he wouldn't let go of her hand and "kissed me directly on the mouth."


Natasha Stoynoff

When it allegedly happened: 2005

How she knew him: Ms. Stoynoff is a Canadian writer for People magazine. In 2005, she interviewed Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, at Mr. Trump's Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida.

What she says happened: During a break in the interview when Ms. Trump was getting changed, Mr. Trump took Ms. Stoynoff on a tour of the mansion and said he had a "tremendous" room to show her, she wrote for People. "We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat." She said she was ashamed and blamed herself for the encounter, and decided not to report it.


Mindy McGillivray


When it allegedly happened: 2003

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How she knew him: Ms. McGillivray, now 36 and living in Palm Springs, Fla., told the local newspaper that she went to an event at Mar-a-Lago on Jan. 24, 2003, with her friend, photographer Ken Davidoff.

What she says happened: Ms. McGillivray was with Mr. Davidoff backstage after a concert when "all of a sudden I felt a grab, a little nudge," Ms. McGillivray told the Palm Beach Post. "I think it's Ken's camera bag, that was my first instinct. I turn around and there's Donald. He sort of looked away quickly."


Kristin Anderson

When it allegedly happened: Early 1990s

How she knew him: Ms. Anderson, now a 46-year-old photographer, worked in her twenties as a model in the New York club scene. She saw and recognized Mr. Trump, who lived in the city at the time, at a Manhattan club one night.

What she says happened: Ms. Anderson told The Washington Post that she was seated on a couch, talking with her friends, when she felt Mr. Trump reaching under her miniskirt and touching her genitals. "He did touch my vagina through my underwear, absolutely," she said in a video interview.


Summer Zervos

Summer Zervos speaks to the press with her attorney, Gloria Allred, in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2016.

Summer Zervos speaks to the press with her attorney, Gloria Allred, in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2016.

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When it allegedly happened: 2007

How she knew him: Ms. Zervos was a contestant on the fifth season of Mr. Trump's reality television show, The Apprentice, in 2006. She then met with Mr. Trump in 2007 to discuss a potential employment opportunity when the alleged incident occurred.

What she says happened: At a news conference in Los Angeles, Ms. Zervos said Mr. Trump tried to get her to lie down on a bed with him. "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."


Kathy Heller

When it allegedly happened: 1997

How she knew him: Ms. Heller, now 63, went to Mar-a-Lago for a Mother's Day brunch with her husband, her three children and her in-laws, she told the Guardian newspaper. Mr. Trump came to greet members of his club, and Ms. Heller's mother-in-law introduced him to her.

What she says happened: During the introduction, Mr. Trump "took my hand, and grabbed me, and went for the lips," Ms. Heller told the Guardian. He continued to grab her and kissed the side of her mouth before walking away. "I was angry and shaken," she said. "He was pissed. He couldn't believe a woman would pass up the opportunity."


Karena Virginia

When it allegedly happened: 1998

How she knew him: Ms. Virginia, a lifestyle coach and yoga instructor who lives in the New York area, was attending the 1998 U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens, N.Y., when Mr. Trump saw her waiting for a car service to pick her up.

What she says happened: Mr. Trump, who she says was accompanied by several other men, remarked to them: "'Hey, look at this one, we haven't seen her before. Look at those legs.' As though I was an object, rather than a person." She says he then grabbed her right arm and touched her breast, asking her "Don't you know who I am? Don't you know who I am?"


Jessica Drake

Jessica Drake listens to a question during a news conference at the office of her attorney, Gloria Allred, in Los Angeles on Oct. 22, 2016.

Jessica Drake listens to a question during a news conference at the office of her attorney, Gloria Allred, in Los Angeles on Oct. 22, 2016.

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When it allegedly happened: 2006

How she knew him: Ms. Drake, an actress and director in adult films, met Mr. Trump at a charity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.

What she says happened: Ms. Drake, 42, told a news conference on Oct. 22 that Mr. Trump invited her to his suite at the golf tournament. Uncomfortable going alone, she brought two other women. "He grabbed each of us tightly, in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission," she said. After that, she said a man, possibly Mr. Trump, called her to offer her $10,000 if she would have sex with him, which she declined.


Ninni Laaksonen

When it allegedly happened: 2006

How she knew him: Ms. Laaksonen, a former Miss Finland, met Mr. Trump while representing her country at the Miss Universe beauty contest in Los Angeles.

What she says happened: Ms. Laaksonen, now 30, told the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper that Mr. Trump "grabbed my butt" before they and some other contestants appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. "I don't think anybody saw it but I flinched and thought: 'What is happening?'" Ms. Laaksonen was quoted as saying in the newspaper.

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The women who came before


The reports that emerged after the second presidential debate added to several other allegations of Mr. Trump's sexual improprieties over the years.


Cassandra Searles

When it allegedly happened: 2013

How she knew him: Ms. Searles was Miss Washington USA at the time, and competed in the Miss USA pageant – then still owned by Mr. Trump – in Las Vegas.

What she said happened: In June, Ms. Searles posted a photo to Facebook of the Miss USA 2013 contestants, alleging that Mr. Trump "treated us like cattle." In a later comment on the photo, she added that "he probably doesn't want me telling the story about that time he continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room."


Temple Taggart McDowell


When it allegedly happened: 1997

How she knew him: Ms. McDowell, 21 at the time, was representing Utah at the Miss USA pageant in Shreveport, La., his first year as owner of the beauty pageant.

What she said happened: She told the Times that Mr. Trump kissed her on the mouth inappropriately. "He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought: 'Oh, my gosh. Gross.' He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like, 'Wow, that's inappropriate.'"


Jill Harth


When it allegedly happened: 1992-1993

How she knew him: Ms. Harth met Mr. Trump in 1992 when he became involved in an Atlantic City beauty-pageant business with her and her then-boyfriend, George Houraney.

What she said happened: In a 1996 deposition cited by The New York Times, Ms. Harth alleged that Mr. Trump made inappropriate sexual comments in their initial 1992 business meeting and was later "groping me under the table" at dinner at New York's Plaza Hotel. She told the Guardian newspaper that, when she and Mr. Houraney were visiting Mar-a-Lago in January, 1993, Mr. Trump "pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again."


Ivana Trump

Ivana Trump is shown in April, 2004. TINA FINEBERG/ASSOCIATED PRESS

When it allegedly happened: 1989

How she knew him: Ms. Trump was Donald Trump's first wife and the mother of his children Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric.

What she said happened: During their divorce in the early 1990s, Ms. Trump alleged in a deposition that he assaulted her in 1989 when he was angry about a scalp-reduction surgery performed by a plastic surgeon she had previously used. The deposition described it as rape, though when the allegations resurfaced in a 1993 book about Mr. Trump, she said she didn't mean rape "in a literal or criminal sense."

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How Trump has responded


Mr. Trump's campaign has dismissed the allegations as having no merit or veracity, and accuses the women of lying. At an Oct. 22 speech – given in Gettysburg, Pa., near the site where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous 1863 Gettysburg address – Mr. Trump threatened to sue the women after the election is over.

Mr. Trump has also blamed the Clinton campaign for the allegations against him, a claim he repeated at the third presidential debate on Oct. 19 and at the Gettysburg speech.

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How Clinton has responded


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The Clinton campaign has strongly condemned Mr. Trump for the allegations against him. Ms. Clinton brought the issue up at the third presidential debate:

Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger. He goes after their dignity, their self-worth. That’s who Donald is. I think it’s really up to all of us to demonstrate who we are and who our country is.

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With a report from The New York Times News Service and The Canadian Press


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