Politics

'His hands were everywhere': Sexual assault allegations hammer Trump

Jessica Leeds arrives at her apartment building, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in New York. Leeds was one of two women who told the New York Times that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump touched her inappropriately. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Several women levied allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trump on Wednesday in a series of interviews. A story published in the New York Times said Jessica Leeds, 74, of New York, told the newspaper that she encountered Trump on an airline flight three decades ago when he grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt. According to the Times, Rachel Crooks, of Ohio, said she met the business mogul at Trump Tower in 2005, as a 22-year-old, when he kissed her "directly on the mouth" against her will. The Republican candidate denied the accusations. With public clamor growing for the release of footage from his reign on "The Apprentice," entertainment giant MGM said Wednesday that it owns the reality TV show, not the program's executive producer Mark Burnett, and could not unilaterally release any unaired, archived material due to existing contractual obligations.

He was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere.

Jessica Leeds

Already deeply divisive, America's presidential campaign is quickly devolving into an ugly fight over who has treated women worse: Trump or former President Bill Clinton. Trump's campaign is now openly signaling that it will spend the election's final month relitigating Clinton's marital affairs and unproven charges of sexual assault, as well as his wife and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's unverified role in intimidating the women who were involved.

It was so inappropriate. I was so upset that [Trump] thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.

Rachel Crooks
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Separately on Wednesday, Mindy McGillivray said Donald Trump groped her at his Mar-a-Lago estate 13 years ago. Reporter Natasha Stoynoff also posted a story about a 2005 incident where he forcibly kissed her after "pushing me against the wall."

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Public opinion on Trump

The Wednesday report comes just two days after a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed 1 in 5 Republicans thought Trump's comments about groping women disqualified him from the presidency, and put him eight points behind Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton among likely voters.

Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016

The 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump, an American businessman, politician, television personality, and author, began on June 16, 2015. Trump is the nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in 2016, having won the most state primaries, caucuses, and delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The Apprentice (U.S. TV series)

Whereas winners have been named"executive vice presidents", and given the title of"owner's representative," in actuality, they were employed as publicity spokespeople for the Trump Organization. Second season winner Kelly Perdew, on his first day working for Trump, was introduced by his boss to Florida developers working on a Trump-branded condo, the Trump Tower, in Tampa, Florida, where he was told that he would help promote sales of the building by appearing at promotional events.After Trump's controversial statements about President Barack Obama's birth, The Apprentice was criticized for its involvement with Trump.

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