Donald Trump stood on the stage of the second presidential debate and swore that he had never actually assaulted a woman the way he had described in the bombshell “pussy tape.” It’s just “locker room talk” he insisted. But in the week following this declaration of innocence, two more women have come forward to tell their stories of sexual assault at the hands of the GOP nominee and what they have to say is sickening.
Jessica Leeds says she was 38 when she met Trump in the first-class section on a flight nearly three decades ago and found herself sitting beside the future real estate mogul. He introduced himself and they exchanged pleasantries. Then after dinner was served, he raised the armrest between them and began to aggressively grope Leeds, fondling her breasts and vagina.
He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”
To escape Trump and his wandering hands, Leeds fled to the back of the plane.
It was an assault,” she said.
Trump had assaulted Leeds exactly the way he had bragged about on the recently released Access Hollywood tape: He “grabbed her by the p*ssy.”
According to Rachel Crooks, she was 22 when Trump assaulted her in 2005 outside of an elevator at Trump Tower in Manhattan where she worked as a receptionist. Knowing who he was and his importance in the company she was working for, she introduced herself to him. But when they shook hands, Trump refused to let go. He began to kiss her on the cheeks and then “kissed me directly on the mouth.”
It was so inappropriate,” Ms. Crooks recalled in an interview. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
Once again, this is exactly the kind of attack he described in the tape that has rocked his campaign. “I just start kissing them,” Trump said on the tape. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
Leeds had only shared her harrowing experience with close friends and family until Sunday’s debate when she heard him claim that he had never actually assaulted a woman in the way he had been caught bragging about. Unable to keep her silence any longer, she contacted the New York Times.
His behavior is deep seated in his character,” Ms. Leeds wrote in her email.
“To those who would vote for him,” she added, “I would wish for them to reflect on this.”
IN addition to his comments at the debate, Crook was moved to come forward when she heard Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah, tell her story of being kissed on the mouth by Trump when she was only 21 — against her will.
I was upset that it had happened to other people, but also took some comfort in knowing I wasn’t the only one he had done it to,” said Crooks. “People should know,” she added, “this behavior is pervasive and it is real.”
Trump was contacted by the Times on Tuesday night and denied that he ever did any of these atrocious acts of sexual assault. “None of this ever took place,” he said before he began shouting at the reporter incoherently. He insisted that the Times is just concocting these false allegations to hurt him and promised to sue if they went forward with the story. “You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter asking about the women’s claims.