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Four Women Claim Trump Touched Them Inappropriately In Three New Reports


Two women have said that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump touched them inappropriately in the past, one of them on board an airplane three decades ago and the other in 2005 in Manhattan.

Jessica Leeds, 74, told The New York Times on Wednesday that over three decades ago the mogul, who was seated in first class beside her on a flight to New York, touched her breasts and tried to put his hand under her dress a few minutes after takeoff and without knowing her in advance. "He was like an octopus," she said, adding "His hands were everywhere."

She fled to the back of the plane. "It was an assault", Leeds said. Leeds, a travelling businesswoman at the time of the alleged attack, said she had told at least four people about the incident, and they also spoke with The New York Times.

The second account came from Rachel Crooks, who was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate investment and development company in the Trump Tower in Manhattan, ran into Trump one morning outside an elevator. She introduced herself to Trump, and they shook hands, but the mogul would not let go, she said. Then, he began kissing her cheeks and finally "kissed me directly on the mouth".

"It didn't feel like an accident, it felt like a violation," she said. "It was so inappropriate," Crooks recalled, "I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that." After the incident, Crooks returned to her workplace and called her sister, Brianne Webb, in Ohio, to tell her what had just happened.

The New York Times said that Trump was informed about these two new claims but rejected them. Leeds and Crooks have never publicly told their stories but their description of the incidents are similar to those of other women who have claimed that Trump kissed or touched them without their consent.

During the second presidential debate with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on October 9, Trump denied sexually assaulting any women. Last Friday, a 2005 videotape was made public on which Trump can be heard making lewd and sexist comments about women, including saying that he often kisses women he meets on the mouth. "I just start kissing them," Trump said on the videotape. "It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait."

Also Wednesday night, the Palm Beach Post published claims by a Florida woman that Trump had groped her during a concert at his Mar-a-Lago estate in January 2003. The woman, 36-year-old Mindy McGillivray told the paper that she "chose to stay quiet" and did not report the incident to authorities.

Trump press secretary Hope Hicks told the Post that there was "no truth" to McGillivray's allegation, adding "this allegation lacks any merit or veracity."

"To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr. Trump trivializes sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election," spokesman Jason Miller said of The New York Times story. "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."

Additionally, PEOPLE Magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff published a story late Wednesday detailing her own encounter with Trump in 2005 when she went to interview Donald and Melania in Mar-a-Lago. Stoynoff says that Trump showed her one “tremendous” room and allegedly pinned her against the wall and “forcing his tongue down my throat.” A Trump spokeswoman told PEOPLE, “This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story.”

During his second presidential debate with Hillary Clinton Sunday, moderator Anderson Cooper asked Trump if he had "[kissed] women without consent or [groped] women without consent", Trump responded, "No, I have not." Cooper's question was in response to the release of a 2005 audiotape in which Trump made lewd remarks about women in a conversation with "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush. Trump has repeatedly dismissed the remarks as "locker room talk."

Clinton campaign spokesman Jennifer Palmieri said the new reports "sadly [fit] everything we know about the way Donald Trump has treated women. These reports suggest that he lied on the debate stage and that the disgusting behavior he bragged about in the tape is more than just words.”

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