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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Two more women claim Donald Trump groped them

Attorney Gloria Allred, left, comforts Summer Zervos during a news conference in Los Angeles
Attorney Gloria Allred, left, comforts Summer Zervos during a news conference in Los Angeles

David Lawler in Washington

Two more women claimed yesterday that Donald Trump had made unwanted sexual advances, including a former contestant on 'The Apprentice' who said he forcibly kissed her, grabbed her breast and thrust his crotch at her.

Six women have now come forward with stories about encounters with Trump that ended with groping, kissing and other unwanted sexual advances.

The Republican presidential candidate addressed the growing accusations of sexual misconduct yesterday during a rally in Florida, calling the claims "disgusting".

"They have no witnesses. There was nobody around. Maybe they are doing it for fame," he said.

Summer Zervos was on Mr Trump's reality television show in 2005, and said he tried to get her to lie down on a bed with him when she met him two years later to discuss possible employment.

Ms Zervos became emotional yesterday as she read a statement claiming that, during a subsequent meeting, Mr Trump greeted her by "kissing me open mouthed as he was pulling me toward him".

Kristin Anderson
Kristin Anderson

She continued: "He then grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast.

"He put me in an embrace and I tried to push him away. I pushed his chest to put space between us and I said, 'Come on man, get real.'

"He repeated my words back to me, 'get real', as he began thrusting his genitals," she claimed.

Ms Zervos said she felt compelled to come forward after Mr Trump denied during the second presidential debate sexually assaulting any women.

Donald Trump
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"Mr Trump, when I met you I was so impressed with your talents that I wanted to be like you. I wanted a job within your organisation. Instead you treated me as though I was an object to be hit upon," she said in the statement.

A second woman claimed that Mr Trump reached up her skirt at a New York nightclub in the early 1990s.

Kristen Anderson claims she was sitting on a velvet couch at the China Club when a man slipped his hand into her skirt, touching her upper thigh and between her legs through her underwear.

"He did touch my vagina through my underwear, absolutely," she said.

She says she slapped the hand away and stood up, only to recognise the man as Mr Trump.

"It wasn't a sexual come-on. I don't know why he did it. It was like just to prove that he could do it, and nothing would happen," she alleged in the 'Washington Post'.

The accusation reflects behaviour Mr Trump described in a 2005 recording, when he said he would kiss women without permission and "grab them by the p----" because, "when you're a star they let you do it".

Ms Anderson says she has discussed the story with friends for many years, including immediately after the incident, but only came forward after the 2005 tape emerged and several other women accused Mr Trump of touching them inappropriately.

Hope Hicks, a female spokesman for Mr Trump, denied Ms Anderson's allegations.

"Mr Trump strongly denies this phoney allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is totally ridiculous," she told the 'Washington Post'.

Mike Pence, Mr Trump's running mate, reiterated that message yesterday: "Stay tuned. I know there's more information that's going to be coming out that will back his claim that this is all categorically false," he told CBS.

Trump's White House campaign has been scrambling to recover from the release a week ago of a 2005 video in which he bragged about groping women and making unwanted sexual advances. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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