Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two women tell The New York Times that Donald Trump touched them inappropriately — groping a woman in one instance and kissing a woman in another — during separate encounters that took place as long as three decades ago, the newspaper reported Wednesday.

Trump told the Times there was no truth to either of the claims. In a statement, Trump’s campaign spokesman, Jason Miller, said “the entire article is fiction” and accused the newspaper of launching “a completely false, coordinated character assassination.”

Another newspaper, The Palm Beach Post in Florida, reported Wednesday night that a woman said Trump groped her at his Mar-a-Lago estate 13 years ago. Trump’s campaign said her allegation “lacks any merit or veracity.”

And late Wednesday, a writer for People magazine reported a 2005 incident in which she said Trump kissed her against her will at Mar-a-Lago. The Trump campaign said, “There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story.”

The women’s stories come less than a week after the publication of a 2005 recording in which the Republican nominee boasted of groping women. Trump apologized for his comments, but also dismissed them as “locker room talk” and a distraction from the campaign.

Both women who spoke to the Times said they were coming forward with their stories because of the recording and Trump’s response to questions about it at Sunday’s presidential debate. The New York businessman said then he had never done the things he bragged about on the recording.

Jessica Leeds, 74, of New York, said she sat beside Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York more than three decades ago. After less than an hour in the air, he lifted the armrest separating them and began to touch her, she said, and grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.

“It was an assault,” Leeds told the newspaper. She said she fled to the back of the plane and sat in the coach section.

A second woman, Rachel Crooks of Ohio, told the newspaper she met Trump as a 22-year-old in 2005 — the same year he was recorded bragging in vulgar terms about grabbing women’s genitals.

Crooks said she was a receptionist for a real estate investment and development company located at Trump Tower and met Trump outside an elevator in the building one morning. She introduced herself to the celebrity businessman, she said.

They shook hands but Trump would not let go, Crooks said, and he began kissing her cheeks and then kissed her on the mouth. “It was so inappropriate,” she told the newspaper. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”

Crooks said she recounted the incident that day to her sister by phone and to her boyfriend that night, both of whom spoke to the Times. In the case of Leeds, the Times reported it had interviewed four people who said she had told them more recently of her encounter with Trump.

Leeds said she did not complain to the airline at the time because such unwanted advances were common for businesswomen in the 1970s and early 1980s, the newspaper reported. She said she encountered Trump at a charity event a few years later and said he had seemed to remember her and insulted her with a crude remark.

Both women told the paper they support Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president. In a statement, Miller rejected the women’s accounts as “fiction.”

“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,” Miller said.

The Palm Beach Post reported that Mindy McGillivray, 36, of Palm Springs, Florida, did not report to authorities her 2003 encounter with Trump at the time but had shared the story with close friends and family. A man who had accompanied her to Mar-a-Lago that day, Ken Davidoff, told the newspaper he vividly remembers McGillivray telling him Trump had groped her.

Davidoff said he had brought McGillivray with him when he joined his father to shoot pictures during a concert by singer Ray Charles on Jan. 24, 2003. After the show, as people were saying goodbye to Charles, McGillivray felt “a pretty good nudge, more of a grab” close to the center of her bottom, she told the newspaper.

“I turn around and there’s Donald. He sort of looked away quickly. I quickly turned back, facing Ray Charles, and I’m stunned,” she said.

McGillivray said she considered making a scene at the time but decided “to stay quiet.” Trump’s remarks at the second debate in which he denied groping women changed her mind, she said.

On People magazine’s website Wednesday, reporter Natasha Stoynoff wrote of a 2005 incident she said happened when she traveled to Mar-a-Lago to write a feature about Donald and Melania Trump’s first wedding anniversary.

Stoynoff wrote that while Donald Trump was giving her a tour of the mansion, he wanted to show her one room he described as “tremendous.”

“We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us,” Stoynoff wrote. “I turned around, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat.”

In response to the Times report, a Clinton adviser accused Trump of lying when he said he had not groped or kissed women without their consent. The Times story “sadly fits everything we know about the way Donald Trump has treated women” and shows that the “disgusting behavior” he brags about in the 2005 video “is more than just words,” communications director Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement.

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10 thoughts on “Two Women Say Trump Groped Them, Reporter Says He Assaulted Her

  1. If Trump does not get out of this race based on claims, I do not want to hear another word about Bill Cosby and go ahead put his shows back on TV if people are going to give Trump a pass. Both men been accused (BOTH men one have tapes and one have deposition papers stating they have done things-Bill Admitted to having pills and Trump admitting to touching women without asking). We will see.

  2. This goes to show we should not judge others so quickly when they are accused now look old Trump is going through it when he tried to trash Clinton. Nothing was proven on Clinton YET Trump parading these women as if they were truthful. Karma is something else.


    i am thinking they did not say anything because he was a big and powerful man. but better late that never. he opened that box and now it is time to examine it. he said and they like that he says what he feels all others be dammed and obviously he does what he wants all others be dammed again. this is a pig, a racist, a bigot, a liar, a clown and definitely not suited to be the president of the united sates!!! no way can anyone believe that out of the 2 choices he is the best choice. but I am hearing it everyday from my coworkers, people I thought were intelligent and would never pick evil. I never saw them as racist, but I’m seeing it now. President Obama did not bring out this racism it was always here right under a very thin veil. the white man is afraid and so he is riling up the ignorant voters to make a stance. I cannot imagine a world were this man is president. there will be total turmoil. Hillary may not be the best choice but when it comes to the 2 I most certainly would rather pick her, she has experience and the knowledge. we know trump has no knowledge because every time he opens his mouth something idiotic comes out. he has no plan and he will ruin us all. PLEASE GO OUT AND VOTE FOR THE BEST CANDIDATE..WHOMEVER YOU FEEL THAT TO BE..VOTE WITH A CONSCIOUS…..

    • It’s possible these women didn’t say anything because he is a big powerful man, but isn’t he even bigger today? Why come out now? Is it only because he opened this can of worms? We are living in a time where women are coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct or rape immediately, no one should be scared anymore, especially of the “giants”. The bigger they are the harder they fall ask Bill. Unfortunately, when this race is over, Trump will come out un-scaved. and go on to do exactly what he’s been doing, NOT PAYING TAXES!


  4. specialt757 on said:

    The acts these women describe are horrible and it’s no way in hell I would have put up with that shit, from this or any other low-life rich bastard, and frankly that includes Cosby also. Now my concern is the woman in first class. Just guessing but she probably was well-off in the 70s, after all riding first class wasn’t for the middle or lower classes, so why didn’t she holler foul and sue his stank ass?

    Having this discussion last night, I said to the person, if these women felt violated why not come out before now? I can’t say those things didn’t happen, because they very well could have, I’m saying come out when it happens and people would be more incline to sympathize and also prosecute. Rapist and others who sexually assault someone should hang, but don’t wait 30 plus years to come to this giant revelation when all you have is your flapping gums. Trump has admitted he loves women and doesn’t have a probably showing it, he did cheat on his first wife with his second wife and second wife with his third. He is a complete asshole and should not have gotten this far in this debacle of an election. Just total disgusted by the whole situation as we all should be.

    • I agree. Today, we have people who falsely accused almost as much as there are people who are really victims. I am NOT quick to judge NO ONE no more not even Trump on this issue (time will tell) even though I think he is a jerk by what he has said on tape. But Trump is getting a taste of his own medicine either way it goes true or not.

  5. redbone1954 on said:

    I don’t know why this pig is surprised that women are talking about his nasty behavior now after all this time what about all the women eho came out about Bill Cosby decades later. I don’t know if the stories about Bill Cosby are true or not but these stories aboyt Donald Duck I do believe. He is disgusting vile and ignorant to boot.

  6. wow 30 years and now your disturbed, are these woman having their Jerry Springer moment.
    what next if a group of women come forth an say Obama drugged and sexually assaulted them 30 years ago, I just have a problem with people waiting decades to come forth claiming “their traumatized”

  7. Chump is an Uncouth/Entitled POS!!!!!!!!!

    He has no RESPECT for WOMEN and thinks he can just go around groping and fondling them at his whim.

    His father, Fred did him an injustice by condoning these deviant tendencies in his son.

    Any Woman who casts a vote for this Neanderthal needs to have her head seriously examined!!!!!

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