Samantha Holvey first came forward with her story about Donald Trump “personally inspecting” Miss USA pageant contestants in October 2016. On Monday, she reiterated her claims about her time during the 2006 pageant along with two other women who allege misconduct by the president, and in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Holvey insisted that she wasn’t reporting anything new.
“He brags about this,” Holvey told the host. “It’s not that I’m accusing him — I’m simply verifying what he himself has said.”
The former pageant contestant referenced a 2005 interview with radio host Howard Stern, who boasted that because he owned the Miss USA pageant, he could watch the women change backstage.
“I‘ll tell you, the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready, and everything else,” Trump told Stern the year before Holvey appeared as Miss North Carolina. “No men are in there. I‘m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant, and I‘m inspecting it.”
“It’s just so disgusting that he brags about it and people are coming at me saying, ‘you’re lying, you’re lying,” Holvey said. “He’s bragged about it!”
Burnett pointed out that although White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed on Monday to have “empathy” for women who’ve been assaulted and harassed, she’s also called Holvey and the 14 other women who’ve accused the president of harassment and assault liars.
Holvey also noted that she and many of her fellow accusers have been subject to taunts from Trump supporters claiming they’re not attractive enough for the president or that he “wouldn’t want” them — comments that express a fundamental misunderstanding of assault and harassment.
“It’s not like he was sexually attracted to me, it was that he felt powerful and he felt like he owned me, I was his property,” she said. “It’s his power and dominance and treating people like property that’s so disgusting.”
Watch the segment below, via CNN.
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