19 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. Here's what their stories have in common.

Written by on October 21, 2020

At this time, author E. Jean Carroll goes to court docket in a distinctive case: she accused the sitting president of defamation. However when she got here ahead in 2019 to say Trump had raped her in a division retailer dressing room within the mid-1990s, her story began with a well-recognized element.

“The second the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me towards the wall, hitting my head fairly badly, and places his mouth towards my lips,” she wrote in June 2019. 

Former mannequin Amy Dorris, the most recent to come back ahead simply final month to allege that Trump had sexually assaulted her in 1997 on the US Open tennis event, stated it started in an identical method. 

“He simply grabbed me. And he simply shoved his tongue down my throat,” Dorris told the Guardian. “His grip was exhausting, , you couldn’t draw back.” 

Trump marketing campaign authorized adviser Jenna Ellis stated Dorris’ declare was “completely false” and an try to assault Trump earlier than the election.

13 of the 19 ladies who’ve accused Trump of sexual assault or non-consensual bodily contact stated he kissed them with out consent, typically out of the blue, typically holding them firmly in place.

One more reason the scene is acquainted: It’s how Trump himself described his strategy to ladies in a 2005 recording of what he thought was a personal dialog, launched in 2016.

“You understand I am routinely drawn to stunning — I simply begin kissing them,” he stated in the now-infamous Access Hollywood recording. “It is like a magnet. Simply kiss. I do not even wait.”

Carroll introduced a defamation case towards Trump after he allegedly slandered her in denying her claims. Final month,  the U.S. Division of Justice tried to intervene within the case by placing the federal authorities, reasonably than Trump himself, within the place of defendant.

At this time, oral arguments start between Carroll’s attorneys and the Justice Division to think about whether or not the DOJ can transfer ahead. 

In their very own phrases, right here is how Carroll and different ladies describe their encounters with Trump:

A USA TODAY overview of 19 ladies’s allegations — the quantity who allege non-consensual bodily contact — in addition to greater than 4,000 phrases that Trump has spoken, tweeted or launched in written statements since 2016 addressing their allegations, present patterns in each the allegations and Trump’s reactions to them.

Patterns within the conduct of alleged sexual abusers could also be utilized by prosecutors to attempt to lay out a modus operandi, or “one thing about the way in which a defendant operates that’s akin to a signature,” stated Deborah Tuerkheimer, professor on the Northwestern College Pritzker Faculty of Regulation and a former assistant district lawyer in New York, talking usually.

“How do you present that an individual has, let’s simply say, a way of entitlement that leads him to simply take what he thinks he deserves? Is that one thing that may be mirrored in a number of situations of misconduct?” she stated. “Some sexual predators who have interaction in patterned conduct have sure issues that they are saying repeatedly or typically. Generally they do the identical sorts of issues, so there is a explicit curiosity in a physique half or a preoccupation with doing one thing in a sure method.”

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Within the case of Trump, the Entry Hollywood tape is exclusive in that it’s “a shining instance of the type of phrases that might be used to assist clarify what is going on on in somebody’s head,” Tuerkheimer stated.

“It’s actually unusual … to have the person accused present a window into his considering, the place you truly get an announcement that displays a specific view of, be it ladies or be it an entitlement to ladies’s our bodies,” she stated.

Nevertheless, Trump is just not on trial for sexual assault, as Carroll’s case is for defamation.

Carroll is the one one of many 19 ladies to accuse Trump of rape, though his first spouse, Ivana Trump, accused him of marital rape in a 1990 deposition. Trump denied it and he or she later stated she didn’t imply it in a legal sense. Jill Harth, a make-up artist who, together with a male affiliate, had a enterprise relationship with Trump, accused Trump of tried rape in a 1997 lawsuit which she withdrew from court docket, although she said in 2016 she stood by her claims.

From 2005 to early 2007, there have been seven incidents when ladies alleged Trump sexually attacked or forcibly touched them. That’s on the very begin of his marriage to mannequin Melania Trump, and it’s within the early – and peak scores years – of Trump’s hit tv present, “The Apprentice.”

It’s additionally within the quick wake of when the Entry Hollywood tape was recorded.

Two of the allegations came about in July 2006 — the identical month Trump had his affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels, who obtained a $130,000 fee simply earlier than the 2016 election by the president’s former lawyer and signed a nondisclosure settlement concerning the affair. It’s now part of a larger investigation into Trump’s finances.

That very same weekend, Jessica Drake stated, Trump kissed her with out permission and supplied to pay her for intercourse. Ninni Laaksonen, the previous Miss Finland, stated that he grabbed her butt that very same month earlier than an look on the David Letterman present. 

Although our evaluation centered on 19 ladies who alleged bodily contact, extra ladies have alleged different inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature from Trump, together with a variety of members in pageants he owned like former Miss North Carolina Samantha Holvey, who stated he made her really feel “like a bit of meat.” And former Miss Teen Vermont Mariah Billado and former Miss Arizona Tasha Dixon who each say Trump entered dressing rooms unannounced whereas younger ladies have been topless or bare.

Trump’s personal feedback about “inspecting” Miss USA contestants and claims he would contact them, Tuerkheimer stated, are an instance of entitlement that “can result in an inference that an individual is extra keen to simply contact, simply seize, simply grope, simply kiss.”

Greater than half of the circumstances are alleged to have occurred at Trump’s properties in New York and Florida, locations the place he had entry to personal areas or extra management over the setting.

Like Dorris, Karen Johnson stated Trump caught her outdoors the restroom. Nevertheless, Johnson was at a Mar-a-Lago celebration when Trump allegedly groped her, pulled her behind a tapestry and kissed her, she advised journalists Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy of their e-book “All the President’s Women.” 

Cathy Heller stated Trump grabbed and kissed her when she attended a Mom’s Day Brunch at Mar-a-Lago in 1997.

In Harth’s lawsuit she alleged one of many incidents of groping came about in Trump’s daughter Ivanka’s bed room at Mar-a-Lago.

Natasha Stoynoff, a reporter for Individuals journal, revealed a narrative within the journal alleging that Trump pushed her towards the wall and compelled his tongue into her mouth whereas giving her a tour of Mar-a-Lago in December 2005. She was visiting to interview Trump for an article.

In a 2016 Palm Beach Post article, Mindy McGillivray stated she was groped by Trump throughout an occasion at Mar-a-Lago in 2003. 

Ten of the 19 ladies have been of their twenties once they say the incidents occurred. In lots of circumstances, they have been a long time youthful than Trump. 

Dorris was 24 and Trump 51 on the time the alleged assault came about. 

Kristin Anderson, an aspiring mannequin who stated Trump groped her within the early 1990s, was in her early 20s on the time; Trump would have been in his mid- to late-40s. Then-Trump marketing campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied the incident with Anderson occurred and known as it a “political assault designed to tear down Mr. Trump” in 2016.

Ten ladies say Trump kissed or groped them whereas they have been assembly for a job interview or as a part of a enterprise deal.

Former “Apprentice” contestant Jennifer Murphy, who stated she plans to vote for Trump, advised Grazia magazine he unexpectedly kissed her on the lips whereas she was leaving a job interview in 2005.

Summer season Zervos, one other former contestant on “The Apprentice,” stated her incident with Trump additionally occurred as a part of a job interview, which Trump had scheduled in his personal lodge room. 

Rachel Crooks was a receptionist at Bayrock Group, a Trump Tower consumer, in 2005 when she launched herself to Trump outdoors an elevator the place, she alleges, he kissed her on the mouth. Trump called it “One other False Accusation” in a 2018 tweet.

Juliet Huddy, a former Fox Information host, stated Trump kissed her after a lunch. 

On at least 4 events, Trump has falsely said he’d by no means met ladies who accused him of sexual assault, regardless of video or photograph proof on the contrary. There’s photographic or video proof of him interacting with at the least 11 of the accusers. 

“I do not know who these ladies are, do not know,” he stated at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Oct. 14, 2016. “By no means met this particular person, these individuals, I don’t know who they’re,” he added later within the rally. We discovered that Trump had been photographed or appeared on nationwide tv interacting with Dorris, Murphy, Stoynoff, Zervos, Searles, McDowell, Laaksonen, Drake and Harth.

“I’ve by no means met this particular person in my life,” Trump stated in a written assertion responding to Carroll’s rape allegation, despite the fact that New York journal had already revealed {a photograph} of Carroll and Trump collectively a social occasion in 1987. 

Not less than seven occasions, Trump has claimed, with out proof, that allegations towards him have been discredited.

On Oct. 14, 2016 Trump stated “eyewitnesses already debunked to a Individuals Journal story.” However there isn’t any proof eyewitnesses to the alleged assault debunked Stoynoff’s story. Stoynoff said Trump’s butler walked in, however he has by no means spoken publicly and would have been the only real eyewitness.

Two days later, Trump stated “these tales have been largely debunked” and on Oct. 17 he tweeted twice, saying “these completely phoney tales, 100% made up by ladies (many already confirmed false)” and “media has deceived the general public by placing ladies entrance and middle with made-up tales and lies, and bought caught.” There’s no evidence any allegation of sexual assault towards Trump at this level had been “largely debunked” or “confirmed false.” 

On Sept. 27, 2018, Trump stated: “I used to be accused by 4 or 5 ladies who bought paid some huge cash to make up tales about me. We caught them, and the mainstream media refused to place it on tv.”

However there isn’t any proof any ladies have been paid “to make up tales” or have been “caught” making up allegations.

Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden has additionally confronted allegations of improper conduct with ladies. The vast majority of claims towards him embody undesirable touching or inappropriate shows of bodily affection. 

Eight ladies spoke up in 2019 to say they have been on the receiving finish of uncomfortable touching, akin to Lucy Flores’ declare that Biden smelled her hair and kissed the again of her head. The claims pressured Biden to publicly acknowledge that occasions have modified and say he can be “extra conscious” going ahead.

Megyn Kelly interviews Biden accuser Tara Reade

Tara Reade, the previous aide who has accused Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of sexual assault has been interviewed by Megyn Kelly. (Could 8)


Nevertheless, one of many ladies, Tara Reade, claims that Biden additionally sexually assaulted her. She says it came about in 1993 whereas she labored for his Senate workplace, a declare the previous vp denies.

Asked about Reade’s claim against Biden shortly after she got here ahead with it this 12 months, voters have been cut up on whether or not they believed her. Half of Republicans and solely 20%  of Democrats stated it was most likely true.

Tara Reade on April 4, 2019 in Nevada City, Calif.

Tara Reade on April 4, 2019 in Nevada Metropolis, Calif.
Donald Thompson, AP

Simply as quite a few comparable tales recommend the general public ought to listen, the absence of a gaggle of survivors sharing like accounts about an individual in energy doesn’t imply that a person is just not credible, stated Emily Martin, vp for training and office justice on the Nationwide Girls’s Regulation Middle.

“It will be important to not react to the Harvey Weinsteins and Charlie Roses, the place so many ladies got here ahead, with the conclusion that if somebody is making an allegation on her personal… that that’s false,” Martin stated. “That merely isn’t the case in regulation or actual life.”

Although Martin didn’t touch upon the actual allegations towards Trump or Biden, she stated that it’s vital to take any allegation severely whereas nonetheless asking inquiries to get to the reality. 

Because the Me Too motion has gained traction since 2017, “it’s made an amazing quantity of distinction for public notion when a number of ladies come ahead telling comparable tales,” Martin stated.

Martin stated when incidents of alleged sexual harassment or abuse, when there are similarities within the accounts coming from a number of alleged victims about the identical perpetrator, “it’s actually exhausting to dismiss.”

Within the case of disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, for instance, Martin famous the various frequent threads in survivors’ accounts spanning a long time, even when the ladies got here ahead a few years after they have been abused.

“Coming ahead has lots of price, and so the willingness of a number of ladies to go on the document to share their story and to reveal themselves each to the embarrassment of getting to share these traumatic incidents and to the backlash and the assaults that you just see when survivors of sexual violence come ahead with allegations towards highly effective individuals… it appears increasingly unlikely that anybody would try this for every other cause than telling the reality,” Martin stated, although she was not referring to Trump’s accusers particularly.

Nevertheless, 13 of the 19 ladies accusing Trump went public with their tales previous to the 2016 election and Trump nonetheless gained the votes of about 42% of women.

At the moment, ladies favor Biden by a 53%-40% margin, based on Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP poll out Monday.

Because the 2020 presidential election attracts close to, the query stays: Do voters consider these allegations — and do they care?

If you’re a survivor of sexual assault, you may name the Nationwide Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or go to hotline.rainn.org/online and obtain confidential assist 24/7.

Contributing: Steve Reilly reported for this story for USA TODAY in 2019.

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