Donald Trump Sexual Assault Count: Mindy McGillivray, Jessica Leeds, Tasha Dixon, Cassandra Searles, Rachel Crooks
More women who claim they have been sexually assaulted by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are coming forward to share their experiences.Advertisement
Mindy McGillivray, one of the victims, told the Palm Beach Post that her alleged encounter with the business mogul occurred his Florida resort, Mar-A-Lago, in 2003. However, she did not report it to the authorities. McGillivray’s account was backed by photographer Ken Davidoff, who along with his father was hired to take photos of Ray Charles playing at Mar-a-Lago.
Donald Trump Sexual Assault: Women share their experiences
McGillivray, who has a criminal record, said the business mogul also flirted with her 2001 at a New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago.
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Jessica Leeds is another woman who claims she was inappropriately touched by Trump in the 1980s. As reported by the New York Times, the now 74-year-old Leeds then worked as a sales representative for a newsprint company. The incident occurred when she was flying to New York City and was soon bumped to the first class, where she met him; and he started touching her inappropriately.
Rachel Crooks uncovered her encounter with Trump, an incident that occurred in 2005 when she was 22 years old. She said she was introduced to Trump when the company she was working for, Bayrock Group, started doing business with the presidential nominee.
When Crooks was introduced to him, she said she shook hands with him, but he did not let go. Soon thereafter, Crooks said he kissed her cheeks and “kissed me directly on the mouth.”
Tasha Dixon, Miss Arizona in the 2001 Miss USA pageant, shared her story of experiencing sexual harassment.
As reported by CBS Los Angeles she said she first met Trump, who walked in the dressing room when she was half-naked. The other contestants, Dixon added, were semi or completely nude and did not have the chance to wear their clothes.
“I’m telling you Donald Trump owned the pageant for the reasons to utilize his power to get around beautiful women,” she said to the media outlet, adding that there was no one to complain to because “he owns the pageant.”
Donald Trump Sexual Assault: Allegations are ‘absurd,’ campaign claims
Another woman who claims she was inappropriately treated by Trump is Cassandra Searles, Miss Washington USA, while she was taking part in the Miss USA pageant.
According to Yahoo News, Searles, sharing her experience, said Trump treated the contestants “like cattle” and that another occasion he grabbed her buttocks and “invited me to his hotel room.” Paromita Mitra, Miss Mississippi USA, also came forward, saying she still has “nightmares about the process.”
However, Trump dismissed the claims of sexual abuse made against him. His campaign released a statement that, according to the New York Times, calls the accusations “absurd.”
“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,” the statement reads.