President Donald Trump is facing a series of sexual assault allegations as numerous women stepped forward to share their stories about how the reality television celebrity turned POTUS forced himself upon them.
Former news anchor Juliet Huddy alleged that Trump tried to kiss her on a Trump Tower elevator in 2005. In a transcript provided by Page Six, Huddy revealed the news on the Mornin!!! With Bill Schulz podcast.
"He took me for lunch at Trump Tower, just us two. He said goodbye to me in an elevator while his security guy was there, rather than kiss me on the cheek he leaned in to kiss me on the lips. I wasn’t offended, I was kind of like, ‘Oh my god,'" Huddy exclaimed.
"He came up on stage and he turned around to the audience ― and, you know, there were 50 people there ― and he said, ‘I tried to hit on her, but she blew me off,’" Huddy said, recounting what Trump had said when he visited her show, The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet. Despite accusing him of sexual harassment and assault, Huddy said she wasn't offended by his advances. She was only upset when Trump publicly supported Bill O'Reilly, who was terminated from Fox News after his own sexual assault allegations leaked.
Shared Stories Between The Accusers
Huddy's former co-worker Julie Roginsky confirmed Huddy's allegations by tweeting how the two spoke about the incident after it happened. "For all those who are doubting @JulietHuddyTV’s story, please stop. She told me this story many years ago, well before Trump was running for anything," Roginsky wrote.
"She has absolutely no agenda other than the truth here."
Other women who have accused Trump of similar behavior noted that the 45th President groped and fondled them prior to his presidency. They shared their stories on Monday at a news conference. "This was serial misconduct and perversion on the part of Mr. Trump. Unfortunately, this behavior isn't rare in our society, and people of all backgrounds can be victims," Rachel Crooks, a former receptionist of Bayrock Group said. She accuses Trump of kissing her on the mouth without her consent in 2005, as well. Other accusers like Temple Taggart, former Miss Utah USA said Trump kissed her on the lips in 1997 and Mindy McGillivray said Trump grabbed her buttocks in 2003 when she was at his club Mar-a-Lago.
President Trump Responds
These women stepped forward as President Trump continues to support Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Moore has been accused several times of child molestation. There is also video footage from Access Hollywood where President Trump was shown saying he was able to grab women "by the p--sy" because he is famous. Contestants who participated in his Miss USA pageant franchise came forward sharing how Trump would enter their dressing rooms unannounced while they would be half-dressed or naked.
President Trump has denied these allegations and announced during a Monday press conference that the women have lied and will be sued.