A fourth woman has come forward with details of Donald Trump touching her without consent.
Natasha Stoynoff, who was working as a reporter for People magazine in 2005, revealed in a first-person accountthat the businessman kissed her without her consent right before an interview she was about to conduct with Trump and his wife.
She was due to talk to the couple for a feature story on their first wedding anniversary.
“I turned around, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat,” Stoynoff wrote.
He told her later: “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?”
Stoynoff had been covering “the Trump beat” for a number of years, and maintained a professional relationship with the business magnate and his wife, Melania.
The alleged assault happened after Trump invited Stoynoff to view a “tremendous” room. He then closed the door behind him and committed the offence.
I feel sorry for Melania.
Stoynoff’s revelation comes after three other women accused Donald Trump of groping or kissing them without their consent, in news reports published on Wednesday.
The accusations emerged just days after Trump insisted in the second presidential debate he had never engaged in such behaviour.
One of the four women alleges Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt during a flight more than three decades ago, the New York Times reported.
Manhattan woman Jessica Leeds said it was the first time they had met, and Trump happened to be sitting next to her in first class, during a business trip.
“He was like an octopus,” she told the paper. “His hands were everywhere.”
Leeds fled to the back of the plane after the encounter. “It was an assault,” she said.
When Leeds heard Trump denying he had ever sexually assaulted women during the debate earlier this week, she said she “wanted to punch the screen”.
Meanwhile, Rachel Crooks said she was experiencing similar feelings while watching the debate at her home in Ohio.
Crooks said Trump’s claim that his “locker room talk” never reflected his actions was a lie.
She was a 22-year-old receptionist at a real estate investment and development company in Trump Tower in Manhattan, when she encountered the Republican presidential candidate outside an elevator in the building one morning in 2005.
Crooks told the New York Times she introduced herself to Trump and they shook hands but he wouldn’t let go of her hand.
She claimed he started kissing her cheeks, then he kissed her “directly on the mouth”.
It felt like a violation, Crooks said.
“It was so inappropriate … I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
What amazes me is that these stories never came to light during the primaries. Where were the Republican researchers?