Reports: Four women accuse Trump of inappropriately touching them years apart

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Four women accused Donald Trump in articles published Wednesday of having touched them in an inappropriate manner, adding to the growing list of women who say Trump has insensitively treated them as objects over several decades.

The New York Times quoted two women as describing public encounters during which Trump grabbed or kissed them inappropriately.

Separately, the Palm Beach Post quoted a Palm Springs, Fla., woman as saying Trump groped her 13 years ago at Mar-a-Lago, his estate in Palm Beach.

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And a People magazine staff writer reported Wednesday that at Mar-a-Lago in 2005, Trump pushed her against a wall and was soon "forcing his tongue down my throat."

Meanwhile, five former contestants in the Miss Teen USA pageant were quoted Wednesday as saying Trump deliberately walked in to dressing rooms while teenage contestants were naked in 1997 and 2001, when Trump owned the pageant.

Two other women came forward earlier this week to accuse Trump of similar behavior.

The allegations are emerging in the final weeks of an unprecedented presidential campaign during which Trump has been beset by accusations that he has behaved insensitively toward woman for much of his adult life.

Donald Trump through the years
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Donald Trump through the years
Real estate developer Donald Trump annouces intentions to build a $100 million dollar Regency Hotel. (Photo by John Pedin/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 02: Donald Trump with Alfred Eisenpreis, New York City Economic Development Administrator. Sketch of new 1,400 room Renovation project of Commodore Hotel. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - 1980: Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Roy Cohn's birthday party in February 1980 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 26: Donald Trump stands behind architect's model of City Hall Plaza. (Photo by Frank Russo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Donna Mills and Donald Trump during 1983 Annual American Image Awards at Sheraton Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Portrait of real estate mogul Donald John Trump (b.1946), smiling slightly and facing to his right, 1983. New York. (Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)
New York real estate magnates Steve Ross, right, and Donald Trump, left, announce agreement, Thursday, August 1, 1985 in New York, to merge the Houston Gamblers and the New Jersey Generals United States Football League teams. Ross heads a group of investors that last week agreed to buy the troubled Houston franchise. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Real estate magnate Donald Trump poses in front of one of three Sikorsky helicopters at New York Port Authority's West 30 Street Heliport on March 22, 1988. (AP Photo/Wilbur Funches)
Ivana Trump and Donald Trump during Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks Fight at Trump Plaza - June 27, 1988 at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Donald Trump and his wife, Ivana, pose outside the Federal Courthouse after she was sworn in as a United States citizen, May 1988. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 4: Billionaire Donald Trump and his wife Ivana arrive 04 December 1989 at a social engagement in New York. (Photo credit should read SWERZEY/AFP/Getty Images)
Shown in photo is Donald Trump, Nov. 20, 1990. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Billionaire developer Donald Trump, right, waits with his brother Robert for the start of a Casino Control Commission meeting in Atlantic City, N.J., March 29, 1990. Trump was seeking final approval for the Taj Mahal Casino Resort, one of the world's largest casino complexes. (AP Photo)
Developer Donald Trump, center, is flanked by super middleweight champion Thomas Hearns, left, of Detroit, and Michael Olajide of Canada at a news conference in New York Thursday, Feb. 15, 1990. The three announced the super middleweight title bout at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort at Atlantic city, N. J on April 28.(AP Photo/Timothy Clary)
Real estate magnate Donald Trump and his girlfriend Marla Maples are seen at the Holyfield-Foreman fight at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J., April 19, 1991. (AP Photo)
Donald Trump and Daughter Ivanka Trump during Maybelline Presents 1991 Look of the Year at Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 7: Donald Trump touches 07 April 1993 Marla Maples stomach to confirm published reports that the actress is pregnant with his child. The two arrived for Maples appearance in the Broadway musical 'The Will Rogers Follies'. (Photo credit should read HAI DO/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 21: US business tycoon Donald Trump(C) enters the PLaza Hotel in New York past supporters 21 December 1994. Hundreds of supporters showed up at a news conference where Trump denied a New York newspaper report that the Sultan of Brunei had bid 300 million USD to buy the Manhattan hotel. (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE--This is a 1994 file photo of Donald Trump. Trump said Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1996 he has bought the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen beauty pageants from ITT. ``It's a done deal,'' Trump said in a telephone interview. ``It's a very, very great entertainment format. It gets very high ratings, it's doing very well and we'll make it even better.'' Trump declined to say how much he paid. Asked if a New York Post source was correct in saying the deal was worth tens of millions of dollars, Trump replied, ``Why not? (AP Photo/Jim Cooper)
FLUSHING MEADOWS, UNITED STATES: Donald Trump and his girlfriend Celina Midelfar watch Conchita Martinez and Amanda Coetzer 07 September at US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY. AFP PHOTO Timothy CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Christine Whitman during Opening of New Warner Bros. Store in Trump Plaza Casino at Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
In this June 7, 1995 file photograph, Donald Trump is seen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after taking his flagship Trump Plaza Casino public in New York City. Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., based in Atlantic City, New Jersey, filed for Chapter 11 protection on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey. Trump and his daughter Ivanka resigned from the company's board Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, after growing frustrated with bondholders. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens,File)
Celine Dion, husband Rene, Donald Trump & Ivanka Trump (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Entrepreneur Donald Trump watches an undercard fight as an unidentified companion whispers into his ear before the start of the Mike Tyson versus Francois Botha bout at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Developer Donald Trump holds an umbrella as he walks Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, to the 11th green of the Ocean Trail Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Trump plans to turn the beleagured golf club into a world class course. Trump intends to close on the golf club by December and hopes to begin improvements by January. He could reopen the course, 20 miles south of Los Angeles, as early as June. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Entrepreneur Donald Trump (L) and Rev. Al Sharpton speak at a ribbon cutting ceremony for Sharpton's National Action Network Convention April 5, 2002 in New York City. The group aims to further the development of civil rights. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and his girlfriend Melania Knauss attend the Marc Bouwer/Peta Fall/Winter 2002 Collection show February 14, 2002 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 06: WBC Kampf im Schwergewicht 2003, New York/Madison Square Garden; Vitali KLITSCHKO/UKR - Kirk JOHNSON/CAN; Donald TRUMP als Zuschauer (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Donald Trump stands on the sidelines before the start of the AFC divisional playoffs between the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans on January 10, 2004 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Temperatures have reached as low as 7 degrees in the Foxboro area. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
US tycoon Donald Trump arrives to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, on February 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 10: Donald Trump speaks during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits on April 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. The annual NRA meeting and exhibit runs through Sunday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Real estate mogul and billionaire Donald Trump attends Golf legend Jack Nicklaus' Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda March 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. Trump announed on March 18 that he has launched a presidential exploratory committee. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - MAY 16: Businessman Donald Trump speaks to guests gathered for the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. The event sponsored by the Republican Party of Iowa gave several Republican presidential hopefuls an opportunity to strengthen their support among Iowa Republicans ahead of the 2016 Iowa caucus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Developer Donald Trump displays a copy of his net worth during his announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump gives a thumbs up before boarding his campaign plane to depart from Laredo, Texas, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
AYR, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump visits his Scottish golf course Turnberry with his children Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump on July 30, 2015 in Ayr, Scotland. Donald Trump answered questions from the media at a press conference. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

NBC News has confirmed none of the allegations.

Trump's presidential campaign denied the new accusations. It called The Times article "fiction" Wednesday night and specifically accused the newspaper of "coordinated character assassination" in an attempt to swing the race to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump and his campaign have denied that he has ever behaved toward women in a way reflected in an 11-year-old video in which he was recorded bragging about having made sexually inappropriate advances to married women.

"When you're a star, they let you do it," Trump says in the 2005 video, which was recorded by "Access Hollywood" and obtained last week by NBC News and The Washington Post.

In statements and in Sunday night's presidential debate, Trump characterized the remarks as "locker room" banter and said he never actually did what he boasted about.

Here's who has brought accusations against Trump this week:


* The Times quoted Jessica Leeds as saying Trump accosted her as they sat next to each other on a first-class airline flight more than 30 years ago. Trump, she said, lifted the armrest, grabbed her breasts and tried to put a hand up her skirt.

"He was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere," The Times quoted Leeds as saying.

* Rachel Crooks told The Times that in 2005, when she was a receptionist for a company with offices in Trump Tower in New York City, Trump approached her outside an elevator and began kissing her on the cheek and then "directly on the mouth."

"It was so inappropriate," Crooks said, according to The Times. "I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that."

The Times reported that Trump grew agitated when a reporter called him for comment. "None of this ever took place," he shouted, according to the newspaper, which said Trump accused it of making up the allegations to hurt him and threatened to file a lawsuit.

* The Palm Beach Post reported that the 2003 Florida incident occurred during a performance at Mar-a-Lago by musician Ray Charles, when the woman, Mindy McGillivray, said she "felt a grab, a little nudge."

"I turn around and there's Donald. He sort of looked away quickly. I quickly turned back, facing Ray Charles, and I'm stunned," McGillivray said, according to the newspaper.

Asked whether it might have been an accident, she said no, the newspaper reported.

"This was a pretty good nudge. More of a grab," it quoted her as saying. "It was pretty close to the center of my butt. I was startled. I jumped."

* People magazine published an account by staff writer Natasha Stoynoff alleging that at Mar-a-Lago in 2005, when she was on what she called "the Trump beat," Trump shut the door behind her, push her against me and "forc[ed] his tongue down my throat."

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"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," Stoynoff wrote. "But Trump is much bigger—a looming figure—and he was fast, taking me by surprise, and throwing me off balance.

"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."

A spokesperson for Trump told People: "This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fictional story. Why wasn't this reported at the time? Mr. Trump was the biggest star on television and surely this would have been a far bigger scoop for People magazine. She alleges this took place in a public space with people around. This is nothing by politically motivated fictional pile-on."

* The British newspaper The Guardian quoted a Miss USA 2001 contestant who didn't want to be identified as saying Trump deliberately walked in to a dressing room during a rehearsal at the pageant while she and another contestant were naked. Unlike the women quoted in the other articles, she did not accuse Trump of having touched anyone.

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Arizona Senator John McCain: "I will not vote for Donald Trump."

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2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney: Trump's "vile degradations ... corrupt America's face to the world."

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New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte: "I will not be voting for Donald Trump."

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush: "No apology can excuse away Donald Trump's reprehensible comments degrading women."

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz: Trump's comments are "disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them."

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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham: "I have never been comfortable with Donald Trump as our Republican nominee."

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: "Donald Trump should not be President."

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South Dakota Senator John Thune: "Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately."

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Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski: "I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for president."

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Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse: Donald trump "is obviously not going to win [and should] step aside."

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Idaho Senator Mike Crapo: Donald Trump should step aside due to "disrespectful, profane and demeaning" behavior.

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Utah Senator Mike Lee: Donald Trump is a "distraction.

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Maine Senator Susan Collins: Donald Trump is "unsuitable for the presidency ... I [can] not support his candidacy."

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Texas Senator John Cornyn: "I am disgusted by Mr Trump's words about women."

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Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman: "The time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket."

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Utah Representative Mia Love: Stated she "cannot vote for" Donald Trump. 

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman: "I can no longer support [Trump]."

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Colorado Representative Mike Coffman: Donald Trump should withdraw "for the good of the country."

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Missouri Representative Ann Wagner: "I withdraw my endorsement and call for Governor Pence to take the lead" in the race.

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Nevada Representative Joe Heck: "I believe our only option is to formally ask Mr. Trump to step down."

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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake: Donald Trump is "wrong about his level of support. He needs to withdraw from the race."

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Virginia Representative Barbara Comstock: Trump's remarks were "disgusting, vile, and disqualifying."

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Illinois Senator Mark Kirk: Donald Trump is a "malignant clown — unprepared and unfit to be president of the United States."

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Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan: "I will support Governor Mike Pence for President."

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Colorado Senator Cory Gardner: Donald Trump's flaws are "beyond mere moral shortcomings ... I cannot and will not support someone who brags about degrading and assaulting women."

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New Jersey Representative Scott Garrett: Has stated he is "appalled" by Trump's actions.

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Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer: "It would be wise for [Trump] to step aside."

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard: "Enough is enough. Donald Trump should withdraw in favor of Governor Mike Pence."

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Former New York Governor George Pataki: "Enough! [Trump] needs to step down."

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Former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina: "Donald Trump does not represent me or my party."

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Michigan Representative Fred Upton: Donald Trump needs to "step down."

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam: Trump should "step aside and let Gov. Mike Pence assume the role as the party's nominee."

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert: "I will not vote for Trump."

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley: "I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump."

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California Representative Steve Knight: Trump's comments were "inexcusable."

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* BuzzFeed quoted Mariah Billado, who represented Vermont, as saying Trump did the same thing during the 1997 pageant. It said three other contestants who asked not to be named verified Billado's account.

BuzzFeed said 11 other contestants didn't recall seeing Trump in the dressing room, with some saying they didn't believe he could have been there.

"These accusations have no merit and have already been disproven by many other individuals who were present," said Jessica Ditto, a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign.

"When you see questionable attacks like this magically put out there in the final month of a presidential campaign, you have to ask yourself what the political motivations really are and why the media is pushing it," she said


CBS Los Angeles quoted Tasha Dixon, who represented Arizona, as accusing Trump of similar behavior during the 2001 Miss USA pageant.

Trump owned the pageant from 1996 to 2015.

"I'm telling you Donald Trump owned the pageant for the reasons to utilize his power to get around beautiful women," Dixon told the station. "Who do you complain to? He owns the pageant. There's no one to complain to. Everyone there works for him."

Earlier this year

In May, Temple Taggart McDowell, who represented Utah, told The New York Times that Trump "kissed me directly on the lips" during the 1997 pageant.

McDowell confirmed the account in an interview with NBC News on Wednesday night.

"My dad was very confident, and he really admired Donald Trump, and so he went over and introduced himself first, and then he introduced me," McDowell said. "And it was at that time that he turned to me and embraced me and gave me a kiss on the lips.

"And I remember being shocked, because I would have just thought to shake somebody's hand, but that was his first response with me," she said. "I remember feeling kind of embarrassed, like wanting to turn and bite my mouth, like, 'What just happened?'"

In a statement, Trump said: "I don't know anything about her. I don't even know who she is. She claims this took place in a public area. I never kissed her. I emphatically deny this ridiculous claim."


Jill Harth Houraney — filed a $125 million lawsuit against Trump alleging that at Mar-a-Lago in 1993, Trump "forcibly removed plaintiff to a bedroom, whereupon defendant subjected plaintiff to defendant's unwanted sexual advances, which included touching of plaintiff's private pars in an act constituting attempted 'rape.'"

Harth made the allegation in the midst of a contract dispute between the company for which she worked and Trump.

The suit was later withdrawn, but in an interview with The Guardian in July, Harth — the name she uses now — said: "I had to physically say: 'What are you doing? Stop it.' It was a shocking thing to have him do this. ... How could he be doing this when I'm there for business?"


In his unauthorized biography "Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump," former Newsweek reporter Harry Hurt III disclosed a deposition from Trump's 1990 divorce. In it, Ivana Trump alleges that Donald Trump forced her to have sex with him against her will in 1989, which she characterized as "rape."

Donald Trump denied the rape allegation. Ivana Trump confirmed that she used the word in the deposition, but later said: "I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense."

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