More Women Come Forward Saying Trump Touched Them Inappropriately: 'His Hands Were Everywhere': Report
Two more women have claimed they were touched inappropriately and against their will by GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, The New York Times reported Wednesday night.
Manhattan resident Jessica Leeds, 74, said Trump grabbed her breasts and shoved his hand up her skirt as they sat side-by-side on a flight 30 years ago. Rachel Crooks of Ohio said she was kissed “directly on the mouth” by Trump, without her consent, at Trump Tower in 2005.
Both women said they came forward after watching Trump deny he had ever grabbed a woman’s genitals or kissed a woman without permission.
“No,” Trump said under intense questioning at Sunday night’s presidential debate by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I have not.”
Leeds, watching at home in her apartment, said she was furious. “I wanted to punch the screen,” she told the paper.
A traveling businesswoman, Leeds said she and Trump were seated in first class when he lifted the armrest and started grabbing her.
“He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.” She hurried to the back of the plane, she said. “It was an assault.”
Crooks was a 22-year-old receptionist when she met Trump outside an elevator in his gilded building, she said. Because her company did business with the real estate developer, she introduced herself, she said.
They shook hands, but she told the paper Trump would not let go. Then he began kissing her cheeks, and then he “kissed me directly on the mouth.”
It was not an accident, she said. “It was so inappropriate,” she told The Times. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
Phone messages left by InsideEdition.com Wednesday night with Leeds and Crooks were not returned. An Inside Edition journalist who went to Leeds’ apartment was asked by a doorman to leave.
Late Wednesday, the Palm Beach Post reported a local woman named Mindy McGillivray said she was groped on the behind by Trump 13 years ago at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
She, too, said she came forward because of Trump’s Sunday debate denial.
More questionable behavior came to light in the form of Entertainment Tonight footage from 1992 in which Trump asks a child “You going up the escalator?” and then says, “I’m going to be dating her in 10 years, can you believe it?”
Trump angrily denied the allegations when a Times reporter questioned him Tuesday night. "None of this ever took place," he told the journalist. “You are a disgusting human being,” he told her, the paper reported.
A campaign spokesman called The Times’ story “fiction” on Wednesday night. Later, sources in Trump's camp said they were preparing to sue the paper, several media outlets reported.
There was no immediate Trump comment about the Florida paper’s story.
There also was no immediate comment from Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
Wednesday’s revelations follow days of tumult in his campaign. On Friday, a 2005 audio clip surfaced of Trump bragging he could grab a woman’s p**** and kiss any woman he liked because he was famous.
He later stated his remarks were just “locker room talk” and that he no longer spoke that way. “It’s just words,” he said during the debate.
Jill Harth, who says Donald Trump groped her multiple times during the 1990s, also came forward earlier this week.
Speaking exclusively to Inside Edition, the New York-based makeup artist said she was floored by the recording.
"I just start kissing them ... I don’t even wait," he said at one point on the tape.
"This is what I was saying," Harth said. "He's saying from his words what he does. How can people not believe me now? How can they not believe me now?"
Leeds said she never before came forward because unwanted advances from men in the business world were common in the 1970s and 1980s. “We were taught it was our fault,” she told The Times.
Crooks said she talked with her boyfriend about the unwanted kiss when she got home that night. She burst into tears, she said.
Crooks said she was afraid to speak publicly about the incident because she was young, it was her first job out of college, and her firm was influenced by Trump’s business dealings.
But after hearing other accounts of women saying Trump kissed them on the mouth without their permission, she said she decided to step up.
“People should know. This behavior is pervasive and real.”