Trump Accusers Banding Together to Demand Investigation

3 women will speak to Megyn Kelly; press conference will follow
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2017 6:27 AM CST
Trump Accusers Banding Together to Demand Investigation
President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

On Sunday, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said President Trump's accusers "should be heard," and on Monday they will be. By BuzzFeed's count, some 16 women have come forward with sexual harassment accusations against Trump; three of them will speak with NBC News' Megyn Kelly at 9am ET, and will then speak at a 10:30am ET news conference hosted by Brave New Films. The documentary filmmakers in November released "16 Women and Donald Trump," and say that in the Monday presser (which will stream on Facebook) the women will "share firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by Trump and demand an investigation" by Congress, reports the Hill. As for the women who will speak to Kelly, they are Jessica Leeds, Rachel Crooks, and Samantha Holvey.

Leeds and Crooks had their accusations detailed by the New York Times in October 2016.

  • Leeds, now in her 70s, says that on a 1980s flight she was sitting next to Trump, whom she had never met, in first-class when he allegedly started groping her; she said she moved to the back of the plane to escape the "assault."
  • In 2005, Rachel Crooks was a 22-year-old secretary working in 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 and mouth; she described the experience as a violation.
  • BuzzFeed reports Holvey says that while participating in the 2006 Miss USA pageant for North Carolina, Trump would repeatedly inspect the contestants "like meat" in a way she found degrading.
CNBC has this on the claims from Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "The president addressed these accusations directly during the campaign and we have no changes." (More President Trump stories.)

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