2 additional women accuse Trump of sexual assault
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Two additional women on Friday stepped forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexually assaulting them, the latest revelations to rock the GOP nominee's campaign.
One woman alleged that Trump slid his fingers under her
skirt and touched her vagina through her underwear in the early 1990s. Another,
a former "Apprentice" contestant, said Trump grabbed her breast and
kissed her aggressively in 2007.
Kristin Anderson and Summer Zervos told their accounts
separately.Anderson, now a 46-year-old photographer living in
California, told The Washington Post in an interview published Friday that she
was sitting with friends at a Manhattan nightclub in the early 1990s when
suddenly a man put his hand up her skirt. Moments afterwards, she said she
recognized the man to be Trump. The two had not spoken or met before the
incident occurred, Anderson said.
At the time, Anderson was an aspiring model.
Zervos claims Trump kissed her twice on the lips during a
lunch meeting in his New York City office. On a separate occasion in Beverly
Hills, she alleges he kissed her aggressively and touched her breast.
She later pursued a job within the Trump Organization and
says Trump asked her to stop calling him.
The former "Apprentice" contestant shared her
story in a press conference that was organized by her lawyer Gloria Allred, a
women's rights attorney and activist who has represented other women in
high-profile sexual assault cases.
CNN has not yet independently verified Anderson or Zervos' accounts. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement Anderson's account is a "total fabrication."
"It is illogical and nonsensical to think Donald Trump was alone in a nightclub in Manhattan and that the alleged incident and recognition of Mr. Trump went unnoticed by both the woman involved and anyone else in this 'crowded' venue."
Hicks also questioned the timing of Anderson's allegations.
"Further, why is this just coming out now? She described the allegation as being 'inconsequential at the time,' but why then wasn't it consequential when Mr. Trump announced for President, or when he won the primary, or when he headlined the convention -- why is it just now, three weeks before election day, consequential? The answer is that this is clearly a political attack designed to tear down Mr. Trump."
Trump disputed Anderson's claim at a rally on Friday, calling her account "nonsense" and "false," arguing that he rarely sits alone, even though Anderson never claimed Trump was sitting alone at the time of the incident.
"I was sitting alone by myself and then I went wah to somebody," Trump said, motioning to his side as he attempted to re-enact Anderson's account of his behavior.
Trump's campaign did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on Zervos' claim.
The denial of Anderson's claim is similar to ones the Trump campaign has offered this week as other women have come forward this week to accuse Trump of kissing or groping them without their consent. CNN has not independently verified any of these allegations.
The allegations, which have rocked Trump's presidential campaign, emerged days after audio of a lewd conversation in which Trump bragged in 2005 about kissing and groping women surfaced last Friday. Trump apologized for the words, but insisted in the second presidential debate Sunday that he never sexually assaulted women in the way he boasted about on tape in 2005.
The women who have leveled allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump this week have all said the publication of the 2005 tape and Trump's denial in Sunday's debate prompted them to come forward.
"When I heard the tape of the bus where he is describing how he is a star and he can just pretty much do whatever he wants and they let him and, you know, he can 'grab them by the pussy ... I was just like 'wow, wow, that explains it. That explains what happened to me,'" Anderson told the Post.
Anderson's allegation is similar to the story of Jessica Leeds, who told CNN's Anderson Cooper -- as well as The New York Times in a story published Wednesday -- that Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt during a flight in the early 1980s.
Zervos said Trump "grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast" during an encounter in Beverly Hills, when she met with him in 2007.
She continued, "I pulled back and walked to another part of the room. He then walked up, grabbed my hand, and then walked me into the bedroom. I walked out. He then turned me around and said, 'Let's lay down and watch some telly telly.' He put me in an embrace and I tried to push him away. I pushed his chest to put space between us. I said, 'Come on man get real' ... He repeated my words back to me, 'Get real,' as he began thrusting his genitals."
She was a former contestant of season 5 of "The Apprentice" and continued to see Trump as a "possible mentor" after she was "fired" from the show.
The news conference was the first time Zervos has spoken to the press about her allegations against Trump.
Allred said that she's been contacted by more women accusing Trump of sexual advances.
"Many more women have contacted me. Will they be coming forward? I can't answer this question at this time," Allred said.
A People Magazine reporter wrote a story alleging Trump begun kissing her without her consent in 2005 when the two were alone for an interview at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. She was reporting an article on his one-year wedding anniversary to his wife, Melania.
Trump has forcefully denied all of these allegations and has argued that they are part of a conspiratorial effort to sink his campaign.