MotherJones: The Stunningly Long List of Women Who’ve Accused Trump of Sexual Asault


Last Friday, the Washington Post published a leaked tape showing Donald Trump speaking to Billy Bush of Access Hollywood, describing groping and kissing women without their consent. Following the tape’s release, the Trump campaign saw falling poll numbers and a mass exodus of support from horrified Republicans. Trump responded to the onslaught of criticism by saying that what he described was just “locker room talk”—not a description of something he’d ever actually done.

But on Wednesday night, the New York Times published the accounts of two women who alleged that Trump had done precisely what he’d so lewdly described on tape—groped and kissed them without consent. Since then, 17 women have gone public with more tales of unwanted sexual touching or inappropriate behavior by Trump. During a speech on Thursday, Trump denied all of their accounts. Here’s a list of all the allegations against Trump so far:

  • In July, months before the Access Hollywood tape came to light, Jill Harth, a makeup artist, spoke to the Guardian about her sexual assault allegations against Trump, which she filed in a 1997 lawsuit accusing Trump of “attempted rape.” She recounted how in 1992 and 1993, Trump made unwanted verbal sexual advances and groped her several times, including in one 1993 episode at his Mar-a-Lago estate. Harth had come there with her boyfriend at the time to finalize and celebrate a beauty-pageant-related business deal. Harth alleged that Trump, while giving a tour of the estate, pulled her into the bedroom of one of his children, pushed her against a wall, and was “all over” her, trying to get his hands up her dress. “I had to physically say: ‘What are you doing? Stop it,'” Harth recalled.
  • In May, the New York Times published the story of Temple Taggart, who alleged that in 1997, when she was the 21-year-old Miss Utah, Trump introduced himself to her by kissing her on the lips: “I thought, ‘Oh my God, gross.’ He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth,” Taggart said.
  • In June, Cassandra Searles, Miss Washington USA 2013, alleged that Trump repeatedly grabbed her butt: “He probably doesn’t want me telling the story about that time he continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room,” she wrote.
  • In Wednesday’s New York Times story, Jessica Leeds recalled being seated in first class next to Donald Trump on a flight in the early 1980s. She remembered that about 45 minutes after takeoff, Trump allegedly pushed up the armrest between their two seats and began grabbing her breasts and trying to stick his hands up her skirt. “He was like an octopus,” Leeds told the Times. “His hands were everywhere.”
  • The other woman who told her story to the New York Times was Rachel Crooks, who in 2005 was a receptionist at a real estate company based in Trump Tower. Then 22 years old, she ran into Donald Trump outside one of the building’s elevators. Crooks alleged that when she introduced herself to Trump and shook hands, he would not let go of her hand and instead began kissing her on the cheeks and finally on the mouth.
  • Mindy McGillivray spoke to the the Palm Beach Post on Wednesday about her alleged encounter with Donald Trump in 2003, while she was assisting with a photo shoot for a Ray Charles concert at the Mar-a-Lago resort. She told the Post that after the show had ended, she was standing near Donald and Melania Trump when all of a sudden she felt someone grab her butt. When she turned around, she recalled, she saw Donald Trump, who quickly turned away.
  • Also on Wednesday night, People published a personal essay by journalist Natasha Stoynoff alleging that in December 2005, Trump had pushed her against a wall and began kissing her while she was on a reporting assignment at Mar-a-Lago. “I was stunned,” she wrote. “And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.”
  • Another woman, Jennifer Murphy, came forward on Wednesday night with allegations that Donald Trump kissed her on the lips during a job interview. Murphy, who told her story to Grazia, was a contestant on season 4 of “The Apprentice,” and plans to vote for Donald Trump.
  • Five contestants who competed in the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant, which Donald Trump owned at the time, told BuzzFeed that Trump walked through their dressing rooms while the girls, between the ages of 15 and 19, were changing, causing two of them to rush to cover themselves up. Eleven other contestants contacted by BuzzFeed did not remember Trump entering the changing room.
  • Two Miss USA contestants made similar allegations to the Guardian and CBS about Trump walking into their changing room during the 2001 pageant. Tasha Dixon, the former Miss Arizona, told CBS that Trump walked into the changing room while some girls were fully naked. “Who do you complain to?” Dixon said. “He owns the pageant.” The other contestant spoke to the Guardian anonymously, and recalled a similar moment from the 2001 pageant: “He walked in, he stood, and he stared. He was doing it because he knew that he could.”
  • On Friday, the Washington Post published the story of former model Kristin Anderson, who alleged that in the early ’90s, Donald Trump—who Anderson said had not introduced himself—slid his hand up her skirt and touched her vagina through her underwear at a Manhattan nightclub.
  • Also on Friday, Summer Zervos, a former candidate on The Apprentice, spoke at a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred. There she alleged that in 2007, across several meetings about potential job opportunities, Donald Trump kissed Zervos and later groped her. Zervos alleged that at one meeting, Trump had her brought to his bungalow at a Beverly Hills hotel, where he immediately began kissing her, put a hand on her breast and “thrust his genitals” at her while she pushed him away several times and made clear that she didn’t want to take part in such activity.

The question remains as to why the allegations made by women before the Access Hollywood tape’s release—like those of Jill Harth or Temple Taggart—didn’t receive far broader attention when they surfaced months ago. This week, the Guardian reporter who first recounted Harth’s story in July told the Columbia Journalism Review that the lack of initial attention may stem from a common pattern in sexual assault allegations: Few people pay attention to women’s stories until a man’s voice affirms them. “Trump came out in leaked video and said, in so many words, that sexual assault is something that he does regularly,” she said. “It wasn’t any woman saying it; it was a powerful man running for president saying it that got people to take it seriously, which is remarkable.”



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