They said, he said: 11 women's sexual allegations against Donald Trump and his responses

Donald Trump has been put under the spotlight for alleged sexual assaults.
Donald Trump has been put under the spotlight for alleged sexual assaults. PHOTO: AFP

United States Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been embattled by a series of sexual allegations from 11 women.

The topic has been a recurring theme through the presidential debates. Mr Trump has sought to divert attention from his alleged sexual misdeeds by making similar accusations towards former US president Bill Clinton, and repeatedly asserted that he is someone who respects women.

He has also threatened legal action against his accusers, whom he labelled as "liars". "The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over," he said during a campaign rally.

An 11th woman, adult film actress Jessica Drake, was the latest to accuse Mr Trump on Saturday (Oct 22).

Here are the women who have come forward to accuse Mr Trump, and his reactions to the allegations.

1. Jessica Drake, 42


Attorney Gloria Allred holds up a photograph of Ms Jessica Drake and Mr Donald Trump during the press conference. PHOTO: AFP

What she said: Ms Drake alleged that she had met Mr Trump at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, California, in 2006 while working a booth for her employer, Wicked Pictures. 

"He flirted with me and invited me to walk along the golf course with him," she said, adding that he asked her to his hotel room. 

Clad in pajamas, Mr Trump was said to have grabbed Ms Drake tightly in a hug and kissed her without permission. She also claimed that Mr Trump later invited her to a party and offered her US$10,000 (S$13,900) to go to his hotel room, which she rejected. 

What he said: Mr Trump's campaign, in a statement, branded Ms Drake's story as "totally false and ridiculous". "Mr Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her."

It also dismissed a photo that Ms Drake had taken with him, calling the picture "one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr Trump".

In comments made on Oct 24, Mr Trump also disparaged Ms Drake, derisively calling her a "porn star" and saying sarcastically, "Oh, I'm sure she's never been grabbed before."

2. Karena Virginia, 45


Tears stream down the face of Karena Virginia who claimed to be the victim of sexual assault by Republican presidential candidate Trump back in 1998, during a news conference in the Manhattan borough of New York. PHOTO: REUTERS

What she said: The yoga instructor and life coach from New York said Mr Trump sexually assaulted her at the 1998 US Open tennis tournament.

She said Mr Trump grabbed her by the arm and touched her breast, saying: "Don't you know who I am, don't you know who I am?", according to her statement.

She said she felt "intimidated and powerless".

What he said: Mr Trump's spokesman Jessica Ditto called lawyer Gloria Allred, who organised the news conference where Ms Virginia spoke, a "discredited political operative" who "in another coordinated, publicity-seeking attack with the Clinton campaign, will stop at nothing to smear Mr. Trump".

Ms Ditto said in a statement: "Give me a break. Voters are tired of these circus-like antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton."

3. Cathy Heller, 63

What she said: About 20 years ago, when she met him for the first and only time at his Mar-a-Lago club, she claimed he grabbed her and went in for a kiss.

When she squirmed away, he got angry with her and said, "Oh, come on", before holding her tightly and giving her a kiss on the lips.

What he said: Campaign spokesman Jason Miller cast doubt on Ms Heller's account, saying in a statement that "there is no way something like this would have happened in a public place on Mother's Day at Mr Trump's resort" and "it would have been the talk of Palm Beach for the past two decades".

He also directed the blame away from Mr Trump: "The media has gone too far in making this false accusation" and "anyone covering this story should be embarrassed for elevating this bogus claim."

4 Jessica Leeds, 74


Ms Jessica Leeds was sitting next to Donald Trump on a flight to New York in the early 1980s. She said that on the flight he lifted the armrest and began to touch her. PHOTO: NYTIMES

What she said: The Manhattan resident said that Mr Trump inappropriately touched her "like an octopus" during a plane flight from Connecticut to New York around 1980.

Seated next to him in First Class, Mr Trump allegedly raised the seat divider, grabbed her chest, and tried to move his hand up her skirt, she said.

What he said: Mr Trump told a reporter from The Times that "none of this ever took place" before calling Ms Leeds a "disgusting human being".

His attorney demanded an immediate retraction of her statement and an apology from The New York Times, which published the story.

At the Greensboro rally on Oct 14, he claimed he would not have been attracted to her. "Believe me, she would not be my first choice," he said. "You understand me for a lot of years, OK? When you looked at that horrible woman last night, you said I don't think so. I don't think so."

5. Mindy McGillivray, 36

What she said: The resident from Palm Springs, Florida, said Mr Trump groped her 13 years ago while she assisted a photographer at a concert in the Mar-a-Lago club. "This was a pretty good nudge. More of a grab,'' she said. "It was pretty close to the centre of my butt. I was startled. I jumped.''

What he said: Trump campaign sources told CNN that they were drafting a lawsuit against Florida newspaper Palm Beach Post, which ran the story.

6. Rachel Crooks, 33

What she said: The then Bayrock Group receptionist greeted Mr Trump outside an elevator in the building where they both worked 11 years ago. After she greeted him and they shook hands, he allegedly kissed her on the cheeks, then on the mouth.

"It was so inappropriate," she told the New York Times. "I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that."

What he said: Trump spokesman Miller labelled The New York Times article as "fiction". He blasted the newspaper for launching a "completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr Trump on a topic like this", calling it "dangerous".

He also criticised the media. "To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr Trump trivialises sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election," he added.

7. Natasha Stoynoff, 51


Natasha Stoynoff in 2013. PHOTO: NYTIMES

What she said: In 2005, People magazine writer Stoynoff was on assignment at the Mar-a-Lago club to cover Mr Trump's one-year wedding anniversary to wife Melania.

She claimed Mr Trump pushed her against a wall and started "forcing his tongue" down her throat, then physically attacked her during a tour of the place.

Describing herself as a "tall, strapping girl" who "even once sparred with Mike Tyson", she called Mr Trump "much bigger" and said that "he was fast, taking me by surprise and throwing me off balance".

What he said: Mr Trump refuted Ms Stoynoff's account in West Palm Beach, Florida, implying that she was not good-looking enough to assault.

"Take a look, you take a look," he said. "Look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think." He said that if Ms Stoynoff were telling the truth, she would have written about the incident in her story for People.

8. Anonymous

What she said: The woman, who is known only as CNN anchor Erin Burnett's friend, was with Mr Trump in a Trump Tower boardroom in 2010.

He suggested to her to take some Tic Tacs, before leaning in to kiss her on the lips, catching her off guard. The woman later told Burnett: "I was really freaked out".

Thereafter, Mr Trump invited the woman into his office alone, telling her she was "special" and gave her his mobile number.

"I ran the hell out of there," the woman told Burnett.

What he said: The Trump campaign has not responded to CNN.

9. Temple Taggart, 40

What she said: Ms Taggart was Miss Utah in 1997 at 21 years old. She claims Mr Trump gave her a non-consensual embrace and kissed her on the lips during a Miss USA pageant rehearsal in Shreveport, Louisiana.

"If I had a boyfriend that I was meeting for lunch, that's the kind of kiss it would have been. It was a warm embrace and then a kiss. Just a quick, kind of a peck," she told NBC.

What he said: When asked about her by NBC News, Mr Trump said, "I don't even know who she is. She claims this took place in a public area. I never kissed her. I emphatically deny this ridiculous claim."

10. Kristin Anderson, 46

What she said: Ms Anderson was an aspiring model in the early 1990s when she met Mr Trump in a Manhattan nightclub.

She told The Washington Post she was sitting on a couch talking to friends when ""his fingers slid under her miniskirt, moved up her inner thigh" and touched her through her underwear. She did not know Mr Trump but recognised him when she pulled away.

What he said: Mr Trump campaign spokesman Hope Hicks said it was a "political attack designed to take down Mr Trump".

She added: "It is illogical and nonsensical to think Donald Trump was alone in a nightclub in Manhattan and that the alleged incident and recognition of Mr Trump went unnoticed by both the woman involved and anyone else in this 'crowded' venue'."

11. Summer Zervos, 41


Summer Zervos, a former candidate on The Apprentice, who is accusing Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual conduct, speaks to the press with her attorney Gloria Allred on Oct 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO: AFP

What she said: The former Apprentice contestant said Mr Trump first kissed her at a meeting in New York but retained her interest in working at The Trump Organisation.

In 2007, she met Mr Trump at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles for dinner and claims she was escorted into a room. She claimed he then kissed her "very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast".

What he said: "I vaguely remember Ms Zervos as one of the many contestants on The Apprentice over the years," Mr Trump said in a statement.

"To be clear, I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago. That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I've conducted my life. In fact, Ms Zervos continued to contact me for help, e-mailing my office on April 14th of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California."

SOURCES: NYTIMES, CNN, THE GUARDIAN