A complete-ish history of Donald Trump’s sexual assault allegations (that we know of)

Last week, The Washington Post released a 2005 tape of Republican nominee Donald Trump, in private conversation with journalist Billy Bush, boasting about how his wealth and fame has enabled him to “do anything” to women, including kissing and “[grabbing] them by the pussy” without asking. The leaked tape shocked everyone from Trump supporters to staunch opponents, and while Trump was quick to dismiss it as nothing but “locker room” talk, since, a handful of women have come forward accusing Trump of sexual abuse, and allegations of Trump that existed before the release of the tape are receiving renewed attention.

The tape released last Friday was followed by other leaked audios, one in which Trump tells Howard Stern about going backstage at beauty pageants to look at naked contestants, which he was able to do “as the owner of the pageant.” In another tape released this week, of a 10-year-old girl, Trump is heard saying he’ll be “dating her in 10 years.”

Many of the allegations against Trump have yet to be addressed by the nominee or his campaign in depth. On Thursday, he brushed off one allegation by a reporter by simply saying, “look at her.” But interestingly enough, many of the abuse allegations sound notably similar to words Trump has been on the record saying, and actions (grabbing and groping women without their permission) he expressly boasted about being able to do, to Bush.

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Virginia Beach
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Some of the allegations against Trump date back to decades ago, and have been met with mixed reactions. Some find the allegations believable considering what we’ve all heard come from Trump’s own lips, while others question why, if they’re true, the alleged victims didn’t come forward years ago. The reality is that coming forward often results in being stigmatized, harassed, and ultimately disbelieved, preemptively silencing many survivors. All women with allegations against Trump at the very least deserve to be heard out, and whatever one’s personal opinions of the credibility of the allegations, they’re more relevant now than ever, so let’s examine.

Jessica Leeds, 1980s

Leeds, now 74-years-old, told The New York Times on Wednesday that roughly 30 years ago when she was a businesswoman sitting next to Trump on an airplane, “45 minutes” into takeoff, Trump lifted the armrest between them and began grabbing her breasts and trying to put his hand up her skirt. Leeds went so far as to compare him to “an octopus,” claiming “his hands were everywhere.” She told the Times that watching him deny that he had ever groped or abused women at the second debate on Sunday made her want “to punch the screen.”

“It was an assault,” Leeds said.

Ivana Trump, 1989

Last summer, the Daily Beast released documents from Trump’s divorce with his first wife in which, under oath, Ivana described being violently attacked by her husband after he’d seen a plastic surgeon she referred him to and had a painful scalp reduction surgery. After confronting her, Trump then assaulted her. Ivana reportedly characterized the incident as “rape,” but added that this was not in a “criminal sense.”

“As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent. I referred to this as a ‘rape,’ but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense,” she claimed.

In response to the Daily Beast’s report, Michael Cohen, a lawyer at The Trump Organization, initially responded to the allegations by claiming it was technically impossible for a spouse to rape a spouse. Ivana has since come out denying the incident described in the documents, although it’s worth noting that she was under oath while describing what allegedly transpired.

Jill Harth, 1993

In 1997, makeup artist Jill Harth, who was working with Trump on a business deal at the time, alleged “attempted rape” by Trump. According to Harth, Trump took her into one of his children’s bedrooms at his Florida estate the Mar-a-Lago, threw her against the wall, groped her, and lifted up her dress.

Harth claims she was surprised because “he knew I was with George” (her partner). It’s worth noting how the recently unearthed 2005 tape shows that Trump is not at all deterred by a woman’s marital status. The conflict was eventually settled outside of court.

Jane Doe, 1994

Arguably the most disturbing allegation of all, filed in June this year, a woman identified as Jane Doe claims she was 13-years-old at the time when Trump of tied her to a bed, beat her, and violently raped her in 1994. The incident in question allegedly took place at a party at the mansion of Jeffrey Epstein — a registered sex offender charmingly known as the “billionaire pedophile.” She claims Trump initiated sexual contact with her several times before that night. Her remarkably young age adds to the shock factor and cringe-worthiness of this allegation, and it’s worth noting Trump has, hopefully jokingly, talked about eying adolescent girls from 12-year-old Paris Hilton to the 10-year-old girl he talked about “dating in 10 years” in recently released audio.

Temple Taggart McDowell, 1997

McDowell, a former Miss Utah, was 21-years-old at the time when she recounts Trump kissed her on the mouth without her consent while she was a contestant. McDowell noted Trump was married to second wife Marla Maples at the time, and thought his actions were “gross” and “inappropriate.”

Mindy McGillivray, 2003

McGillivray told The Palm Beach Post on Wednesday that in 2003, when she was 23-years-old, Trump groped her at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida mansion. “All of a sudden I felt a grab, a little nudge. I think it’s Ken’s camera bag, that was my first instinct. I turn around and there’s Donald. He sort of looked away quickly,” she recounted. At the time, she told photographer Ken Davidoff, who was present: “Donald just grabbed my ass.”

Rachel Crooks, 2005

Crooks told The New York Times that while she was working at the real-estate company Bayrock Group at Trump Tower in 2005, after just shaking her hand, Trump directly kissed her on the mouth. “It was so inappropriate,” Crooks said. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”

In Trump’s own words, beautiful women are like “magnets” to him: “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. … Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

Natasha Stoynoff, 2005

Stoynoff, a People magazine reporter, claims she developed a friendly relationship with Donald and Melania and visited them at Mar-a-Lago in 2005 to report on their first wedding anniversary. She alleges that when Melania went upstairs to change, Donald took her to another room and “within seconds, he was pushing [her] against the wall, and forcing his tongue down [her] throat.”

She alleges that Donald stopped only when his butler entered the room, but after his butler left, told her: “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?”

Trump denied the allegations with all the class you’d expect of him, brushing them off by saying “look at her.”

Cassandra Searles, 2013

Searles, formerly Miss Washington, participated in the Miss USA contest while Trump was an owner. This week, Seattle’s KING-TV reports that Searles posted on Facebook that “[Trump] continually grabbed [her] ass and invited [her] to his hotel room.”

Note: This list will probably be outdated and incomplete by the time we’ve managed to hit “publish.”