Following the release of Donald Trump’s deplorable “locker room” comments to Billy Bush bragging about his fame granting him the ability to grab females by the genitals and “they let you do it,” two women are coming forward to accuse the embattled mogul-turned-candidate of groping them in some very unwelcome ways.
The women — aged 74 and 22 — have never told their stories before, but are now making the allegations to the New York Times.
Manhattanite Jessica Leeds, 74, describes how she was flying first class more than three decades ago with Trump as her seat-mate, accusing the bombastic billionaire of lifting the armrest that separated them so he could touch her, allegedly groping her breasts and even attempting to put his hand up her skirt.
“He was like an octopus,” Leeds told the Times, adding: “His hands were everywhere. It was an assault.”
Also accusing Trump of inappropriate behaviour is 22-year-old Jessica Crooks of Ohio, who claims she was working for her real estate firm at Trump Tower when she encountered the then-star of “The Celebrity Apprentice”.
According to Crooks’ account, Trump “kissed me directly on the mouth. I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
The Times contacted the “highly agitated” Republican nominee, who denied the allegations of both women during a telephone interview. “This never took place,” Trump told the reporter, adding: “You are a disgusting human being.”
Publication of the article was followed by a statement of denial from a Trump rep, who dismissed the entire article as “fiction.”
“For the New York Times to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr. Trump on a topic like this is dangerous,” the statement reads. “To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr. Trump trivializes sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election.”
The statement continues: “It is absurd to think that one of the most recognizable business leaders on the planet with a strong record of empowering women in his companies would do the things alleged in this story, and for this to only become public decades later in the final month of a campaign for president should say it all. Further, the Times story buries the pro-Clinton financial and social media activity on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, reinforcing that this truly is nothing more than a political attack. This is a sad day for the Times.”