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‘His hands were everywhere’: Two women abused by Trump speak out about assaults

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Two women have spoken on the record to the New York Times about times when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took advantage of them sexually.

Former paper industry sales executive Jessica Leeds, 74, and former receptionist Rachel Crooks both told the Times that Trump groped them without their consent, manhandling their breasts and genitalia.

Leeds said that she had the misfortune of sitting next to Trump in a first class plane cabin on a flight to New York. About 45 minutes after takeoff, Trump lifted the arm rest between their seats and began to try to fondle Leeds’ breasts and vagina.

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“He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”

She sought refuge with flight attendants in the back of the airplane.

“It was an assault,” she said.

Crooks said she met Trump outside a bank of elevators in Trump Tower in 2005. When she was introduced to the then-reality TV star, she went to shake his hand, but Trump would not release her proffered hand. Instead he began to kiss her cheeks and then her mouth.

“It was so inappropriate,” said Crooks to the Times. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”

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When the Times confronted Trump on the women’s allegations, he became “highly agitated.”

“None of this ever took place,” he told a reporter on the phone. He then began to shout incoherently and accuse the newspaper of having a vendetta against him. He said if the Times printed Crooks’ and Leeds’ stories, he would sue.

“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter before angrily hanging up.

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