Lately, sexual assault allegations have been swirling around at a feverish pace. Hollywood producers, music moguls, television personalities, and more are at the center of sexual harassment scandals. Donald Trump is once again in the spotlight. Roughly 15 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. One of these women is Natasha Stoynoff, a former correspondent for People magazine.
As a correspondent for People magazine, Stoynoff covered the Trump beat. It was her job to report on anything and everything related to Donald Trump. Stoynoff told People her relationship with Trump started out friendly and professional. However, she said things quickly changed in December 2005 while on assignment at Mar-a-Lago. The reporter was covering Donald and Melania’s one-year wedding anniversary. Stoynoff said Trump was sexually aggressive with her at one point during her time at Trump’s Florida property.
This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct. There are several other women who say Trump behaved inappropriately with them. Among them are Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks. Both women claim Trump subjected them to unwanted touching, reports The New York Times. Leeds alleges Trump grabbed her breasts and attempted to put his hand up her skirt when he sat next to her during a flight in the 1980s. Crooks said in 2005, when she was working as a 22-year-old receptionist for a company located within Trump Tower, she bumped into Trump outside an elevator, so she decided to introduce herself. Crooks claims Trump shook her hand, but instead of letting go, he began kissing her.
Trump says he never met any of his accusers
Trump claims he has never seen or met any of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. He even went as far as threatening to sue the women who said he behaved inappropriately. He also claimed the women were liars and that they were out to derail his campaign efforts. Although Trump said he has never laid eyes on any of his accusers, People reports there is a photo of Natasha Stoynoff with Donald Trump.
Stoynoff’s interview included a photo shoot. She said that during a break Melania took a moment to change her outfit, so the photographers could take additional photos. Stoynoff said Trump offered to give her a tour of the mansion. “There was one ‘tremendous’ room in particular, he said, that I just had to see,” said Stoynoff in her article for People. The reporter followed Trump to see the room, but what allegedly happened next was horrifying.
What she says Trump did
Stoynoff said she and Trump entered the room alone and he closed the door behind them. According to her, when she turned around, Trump pushed her against a wall and forced his tongue into her mouth. Stoynoff said she was relieved Trump’s butler came into the room shortly after Trump allegedly assaulted her, but she felt terrible afterward. “I was still in shock and remained speechless as we both followed him to an outdoor patio overlooking the grounds. In those few minutes alone with Trump, my self-esteem crashed to zero. How could the actions of one man make me feel so utterly violated?” Stoynoff said in her article.
Stoynoff says her claims can be verified
Stoynoff says six individuals can verify her sexual assault claim, reports People. Among them is a close friend of Stoynoff’s, who said she was with her when she bumped into Melania Trump on fifth avenue in Manhattan. Stoynoff’s friend said she heard Melania ask why she hadn’t seen Stoynoff in a while. Also, according to People, several colleagues and a former journalism professor say Stoynoff confided in them about Trump’s alleged misconduct.
She wants Trump to pay
Stoynoff told People she remained silent because she was afraid of retaliation. However, she now has the courage to talk about what she says happened between her and Donald Trump. Stoynoff doesn’t think Trump should be able to get away with what she says he did to her. Stoynoff said in light of the recent events of executives being held accountable for alleged sexual misconduct in the workplace that Trump should also be held accountable. Asks Stoynoff, “Is the President of the United States held to a different standard than, say, Louis C.K.? Or will Trump too face a day of reckoning?”
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