Three girls who publicly accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct have spoken out as soon as once more, hoping their tales would make a distinction in gentle of the #MeToo motion, which has led to a number of highly effective males being held accountable after dealing with a number of allegations of sexual harassment.
“It was heartbreaking final 12 months,” Samantha Holvey instructed NBC Information host Megyn Kelly on Monday. Holvey who represented North Carolina on the 2006 Miss USA pageant, has stated Trump would come and personally examine her and the opposite contestants earlier than the competitors.
“We’re non-public residents, and for us to place ourselves on the market to try to present America who this man is and particularly how he views girls, and for them to say ‘meh, we do not care,’ it hurts,” Holvey stated. “And so now it is similar to, alright, let’s attempt spherical two. The surroundings’s completely different. Let’s attempt once more.”
Holvey described her alleged encounters with Trump to Kelly, saying he used to have a look at her “like I used to be simply piece of meat.”
“The primary interplay with Trump is that he lined all of us up and he goes down – and I believed this was going to be a meet and greet, like, ‘Hello, how are you? It’s good to satisfy you,’ and it was not,” Holvey, who was 20 on the time of the pageant, stated.
“It was simply trying me over like I used to be only a piece of meat, I used to be not a human being, I didn’t have a mind, I didn’t have a character, I used to be simply merely there for his pleasure. It left me feeling very gross, very soiled, this isn’t what I signed up for.”
She stated Trump additionally walked in backstage to the hair and make-up space, the place the contestants had been solely sporting robes. “He is available in like he owns the place and like he owns you,” Holvey stated. “He was taking a look at us, eyeing us up and down.”
Holvey, Jessica Leeds, and Rachel Crooks, who appeared collectively on Kelly’s present, are three of a minimum of 16 who’ve accused Trump of sexual harassment relationship again three many years, with allegations that vary from groping and undesirable kissing to creating lewd propositions.
Trump has repeatedly rejected these claims, dismissing his accusers as liars and denying that he has ever been inappropriate with girls, regardless of a bombshell 2005 Entry Hollywood tape during which he may be heard bragging about kissing girls and grabbing them “by the pussy.” Though the president initially apologized for these remarks, calling it “locker room speak,” he has lately advised that it isn’t truly his voice on the tape.
In an announcement to Kelly on Monday, the White Home as soon as once more labeled the allegations as “false claims,” saying, “The timing and absurdity of those false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun solely additional confirms the political motives behind them.”
Crooks instructed Kelly the White Home response was “laughable.”
Crooks, whose account was revealed within the New York Instances final October, stated she first encountered Trump in 2005 when she was 22 years outdated and dealing as a receptionist for a improvement firm with places of work in New York Metropolis’s Trump Tower.
Recounting her story on Monday, Crooks instructed Kelly she determined to introduce herself to Trump whereas he was ready for the elevator.
“He shook my hand and he form of gave me the traditional double-cheek kiss however then he held onto my hand and he saved kissing me,” Crooks stated. “He saved asking me possibly a query, ‘The place you from?’ Kissing me once more, and once more. It was proper outdoors the elevators, proper outdoors my workplace. I don’t know what number of occasions backwards and forwards, a number of, after which he kissed me on the lips. It occurred so quick.”
Trump instructed the Instances that the incident described by Crooks by no means occurred.
Crooks instructed Kelly she was “shocked and devastated” after the alleged encounter. She stated she ran again to her workplace whereas Trump received on the elevator. She stated she referred to as her sister and instructed her, “I do not know what simply occurred, however I felt horrible.”
She stated that just a few days later, Trump got here into her workplace and requested her for her telephone quantity. “I keep in mind saying, ‘What do you want that for?'” Crooks instructed Kelly. She stated he instructed her he was going to present it to his modeling company and have them name her. “However in fact, I by no means heard from anybody,” Crooks stated.
“I used to be so uncomfortable and slightly threatened, like I did not have a alternative in agreeing to try this,” she stated. “You are feeling like you must say sure. You do not wish to be the nasty lady, the imply lady who does not comply and who places up a battle. I want I had been stronger.”
Leeds, who first went public together with her accusations to the New York Instances lower than a month earlier than the presidential election, instructed Kelly she encountered Trump whereas she was on an airplane from Dallas or Atlanta within the 1970s.
Earlier than the story was revealed, Trump had instructed the Instances that “none of this ever occurred,” and commenced shouting on the reporter who was questioning him. He has continued to disclaim Leeds’ allegation.
Leeds instructed Kelly that the stewardess requested her if she wished to come back as much as first-class and he or she agreed. Leeds stated she was seated subsequent to Trump, however on the time, she did not know who he was.
“They served a meal and after the meal was cleared, hastily he was throughout me,” Leeds stated. “Kissing and groping and groping and kissing. And consider me my reminiscence of it was that nothing was stated…it was simply this silent groping happening.”
She had beforehand instructed the Instances that Trump “was like an octopus” and, “His arms had been in all places.”
Leeds stated that she questioned why the person sitting throughout the aisle from her or the stewardess didn’t come to her rescue.
“His hand began going up my skirt,” Leeds stated. “I’m not a small individual. I managed to wiggle out and rise up, grabbed my purse and I went again to the airplane.”
She stated that just a few years later she bumped intro Trump and his first spouse Ivana Trump at a fundraising gala in New York Metropolis.
She stated that whereas she was handing out his desk project on the gala, Trump instructed her, “I keep in mind you. You had been that….girl from the airplane,” Leeds stated, including that he referred to as her “the worst title ever.” Kelly confirmed that it was the c-word.
At a press convention hosted by Courageous New Movies in New York Metropolis on Monday, the three girls shared their tales once more and referred to as for Congress to analyze the president for sexual harassment.
“In the event that they had been prepared to analyze Sen. Franken, it is solely truthful they do the identical for Trump,” Crooks stated on the convention.
In an interview on Sunday, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, stated the ladies who’ve accused President Trump of sexual harassment and misconduct “needs to be heard” or “handled.”