Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump accusers speak out, call for congressional probe

Three women who have made public accusations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump went on television to tell their stories today. The statement said that the claims are false, adding they were "addressed at length during last year's campaign, and the American people voiced their judgement by delivering a decisive victory". "The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only forth confirms the political motives behind them".

One accuser, Rachel Crooks, called for Congress to "put aside party affiliations and investigate Trump's history of sexual misconduct".

The appearances come one day after Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said anyone who claims they were victims of sexual misconduct should be heard, even if Trump is the alleged perpetrator.

Speaking to Megyn Kelly on Monday in their first joint interview, the women recounted their allegations against Trump, describing how they felt threatened and disgusted by their encounters with him. In October of previous year, Holvey, a 2006 Miss USA contestant told CNN that Trump "personally inspected each woman" before the pageant.

Three women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct are set to be interviewed by NBC's Megyn Kelly on Monday.

Crooks said she felt at the time that she had no way to respond to the situation out of fear that if she reported it to her bosses - who did business with Trump's organization - she might lose her job. She told the story of Trump looking at her like she was a piece of meat not as a person.

"Before a show, I'll go backstage and everyone's getting dressed, and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere, and I'm allowed to go in because I'm the owner of the pageant and therefore I'm inspecting it", Trump boasted.

According to The New York Times, Trump has also recently denied to some political allies that it was him in a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape where he was recorded bragging about crude and degrading behavior toward women, even though he directly confirmed the remarks and apologized for them a month before the presidential election past year.

In the same article, Crooks said Trump forcibly kissed her when the two met in 2005.

"All of the sudden he was all over me, kissing and groping", she said on "Today". "They were more than willing to do that for Senator Franken", she said. "It left me feeling very gross, very dirty, this is not what I signed up for".

Trump also recently endorsed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is running to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Alabama.

The president denied all of the women's accusations during the 2016 presidential campaign and the White House has stood by those denials.

"At that point, I had been in the city long enough to read about the Trump family and some of the gossip that was going around and I recognized him immediately as the guy on the plane", Leeds said. I was just simply there for his pleasure.

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