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People Writer, 3 Others Say Trump Forced Himself On Them

| by Michael Allen
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Four women asserted on Oct. 12 that they were sexually assaulted by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

One of the women, Natasha Stoynoff, a writer for People, recalled that her incident happened in December 2005 (the same year as the Trump and Billy Bush tape) when she was sent by the magazine to Trump's Mar-a-Largo, Florida, home to interview him and his wife Melania.

A Trump spokeswoman said, "This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story."

Soynoff writes in People:

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When we took a break for the then very-pregnant Melania to go upstairs and change wardrobe for more photos, Donald wanted to show me around the mansion. There was one "tremendous" room in particular, he said, that I just had to see.

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.

Now, I’m a tall, strapping girl who grew up wrestling two giant brothers. I even once sparred with Mike Tyson. It takes a lot to push me. But Trump is much bigger—a looming figure—and he was fast, taking me by surprise, and throwing me off balance. I was stunned. And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.

She concludes her article with: "And, just for the record, Mr. Trump, I did not consent."

Jessica Leeds told The New York Times on Oct. 12 that she was sitting next to Trump in first class on a plane more than three decades ago when he lifted the armrest between their seats, grabbed her breasts and tried to get his hand up her skirt.

Leeds recalled that she fled to a seat in the back of the plane, and added: "It was an assault."

Rachel Crooks told the newspaper that she was working as a receptionist at a company that had an office in Trump Tower in New York City in 2005 when she and Trump stood outside an elevator.

Crooks' employer did business with Trump, so she introduced herself to him by shaking hands, but said that he did not let go, started kissing her cheeks and "kissed me directly on the mouth."

Crooks told The New York Times that it felt like a violation, and added: "It was so inappropriate. I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that."

Crooks was 22 years old at the time.

Trump denied both of the women's stories to The New York Times, and reportedly told a female journalist with the newspaper: "You are a disgusting human being."

Mindy McGillivray told The Palm Beach Post on Oct. 12 that Trump groped her in 2003 while she was at Mar-a-Lago, but she never reported it to the police; McGillivray was 23 at the time.

McGillivray was assisting photographer Ken Davidoff that day, and he recalled that she pulled him off to the side and said, "Donald just grabbed my ass!"

McGillivray is expecting blowback, and told The Palm Beach Post that she has a criminal background including an arrest at age 17 for breaking into a school, and an arrest in 2002 for DUI and child neglect (a child was in the car at the time).

The Trump campaign has a not issued a comment to The Palm Beach Post.

Sources: People, The New York Times, The Palm Beach Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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