2 Women Claim Trump Forced Himself on Them
They decided to go public after watching Trump deny such actions in the debate
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2016 6:38 PM CDT
Donald Trump kisses a "Women for Trump" sign during a campaign rally Wednesday in Florida.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Two women who say Donald Trump groped and kissed them without their permission have gone public after watching him deny such actions during last Sunday's presidential debate. "I wanted to punch the screen," 74-year-old Jessica Leeds tells the New York Times, which broke the story. She says she was sitting next to Trump, who she had never met, in the first-class cabin of an airplane in the 1980s when he moved the armrest and started groping her, touching her breasts and trying to get under her skirt. Leeds says she moved to the back of the plane to escape what she describes as "assault." She told friends and family about the incident but didn't report it to flight staff or authorities because back then "we were taught it was our fault."

In 2005, Rachel Crooks was a 22-year-old secretary at a real estate investment and development company inside Trump Tower. One day, she bumped into Trump outside an elevator and introduced herself. Crooks says Trump refused to release her after they shook hands and started kissing her cheeks. Then, she says, he kissed her on the mouth. She says she felt like he violated her. She immediately told her sister and boyfriend, but she felt like she couldn't go any further. "I remember her saying, 'I can't do anything to this guy, because he's Donald Trump,'" her boyfriend at the time recalls. Speaking to the Times, Trump denied the claims, threatened to sue the paper, and called the reporter a "disgusting human being." Read the full story here.