TIMELINE: Four Decades Of Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Trump
I am posting this not for political reasons but simply because I am astonished that a grown man, ostensibly responsible, would act like this. Kristin Salaky and Esme Cribb post at TPM Media:
Donald Trump faces a mounting list of sexual misconduct allegations after several women accused the GOP nominee of inappropriately touching them in a series of reports published Wednesday night.
During the second presidential debate on Sunday, Trump denied that he ever acted on comments he made in a leaked video from 2005 about kissing and grabbing women “by the pussy.” Multiple women with stories of being groped by Trump cited that denial as the motivation behind them coming forward this week.
But the most recent accusations aren’t the first that have been leveled against him. Here’s a timeline of Trump’s alleged acts of misconduct, in the chronological order in which they were said to have happened:
Jessica Leeds told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday that Trump made unwanted sexual advances on her three decades ago, saying that he lifted the armrest between them and then groped her on a flight.Trump has denied these claims, calling out Leeds and another woman who told her story to the Times at a Thursday rally and saying their accounts were fabricated.
“These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false,” he said. “These claims are all fabricated and they are pure fiction and they are outright lies. These events never, ever happened.”
Marc E. Kasowitz, a lawyer for Trump, sent the Times a letter calling the report “reckless and defamatory.” Trump also claimed that his campaign was “preparing” a lawsuit against the Times in his remarks at the campaign rally.
Trump’s first wife, Ivana, reportedly accused him of sexually assaulting her during a divorce disposition in the early nineties.According to a 2015 report in The Daily Beast, Ivana described the incident as “rape” in the 1993 book “Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump.” Ivana alleged that Trump pulled out her hair and then forcibly penetrated her during a confrontation in 1989.
Trump told Newsday in 1993 that the accusation was “obviously false,” according to the Daily Beast’s report.
Before “Lost Tycoon” was printed, Trump and his lawyers also reportedly provided a statement from Ivana for the first page of the book in which Ivana confirmed that she “felt violated” in the incident, but did not want her description of “rape” to be taken “in a literal or criminal sense.”
The Trump campaign told ABC’s John Santucci that the Daily Beast’s report was “old news” and “never happened.” Trump lawyer Michael Cohen also threatened to sue the Daily Beast.
“I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse,” he said. “You write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it, with the word ‘rape,’ and I’m going to mess your life up.”
Makeup artist Jill Harth accused Trump of “attempted ‘rape’” in a 1997 complaint.Harth alleged that when she met Trump in 1992, he groped her under the table at dinner at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Later, during a 1993 visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, Harth alleged that Trump pushed her against a wall and groped her.
“He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again,” Harth told the Guardian in a July 2016 report, “and I had to physically say: ‘What are you doing? Stop it.’”
Harth later dropped her case against Trump after the real estate mogul settled an unrelated, outstanding business lawsuit with Harth’s business partner in 1997.
Michael Cohen, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, told the Guardian that Harth had “massive credibility issues.” In a later email, he called her allegations “absurd” and lacking in “any merit or veracity,” citing emails from Harth in which he said she volunteered to help with Trump’s campaign trail makeup.
Five former contestants in the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant told Buzzfeed News that Trump entered their dressing room while they were changing clothes.As Buzzfeed News noted, girls as young as 15 competed in the 1997 pageant. Contestants also told Buzzfeed that the dressing rooms were typically open spaces without barriers shielding them while they changed.
Trump’s campaign did not respond to Buzzfeed’s request for comment.
1997 . . .
And the list is almost certainly incomplete.