Four women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct before he took office called on Congress to investigate the allegations as America’s watershed #MeToo moment continues to unfold.
Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks, appearing together on “Megyn Kelly Today” on Monday, described separate interactions with the president in years past, with one of the allegations dating back several decades. Lisa Boyne, who also came forward last year, joined the others via phone for a news conference hours later.
Holvey said when she competed in Trump’s Miss USA pageant in 2006, Trump came backstage unexpectedly when she and other contestants were wearing nothing but robes and he personally inspected the contestants.
“I just felt so gross,” she said. “Just looking me over like I was a piece of meat.”
“Nobody dreams of being ogled when you’re a little girl wanting to wear a crown,” she added.
Holvey said she was inspired to go public again as more and more women have spoken out about harassment in their own lives. In recent months alone, the avalanche of sexual misconduct scandals, tipped off by the accusations against Harvey Weinstein, has toppled at least 29 men in entertainment, business and the news media. Three members of Congress, accused of a wide range of inappropriate behavior, announced their resignations last week.
“It was heartbreaking last year … we’re private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there and try to show America who this man is and especially how he views women and for them to say ‘Meh, we don’t care,’ it hurt,” Holvey said. “And so now it’s just like, let’s try round two. The environment’s different, let’s try again.”
Crooks said Trump forcibly kissed her multiple times during an interaction near an elevator bank in Trump Tower in 2005 while working for a third-party company.
“He held onto my hand, and he kept kissing me,” she said. Afterward, she ran into her boss’ office and said she called her sister.