Three women who accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct during the 2016 presidential campaign spoke out on Monday, detailing their stories on the set of “Megyn Kelly Today.”
One accuser, Jessica Leeds, said that the president groped her while on an airplane in the late 1970s.
“They served a meal and after the meal was cleared, all of a sudden he was all over me, kissing and groping and groping and kissing and my memory of it was nothing was said,” said Leeds. “It was just this silent groping going on.”
“When his hands started going up my skirt — I’m not a small person — I managed to wiggle out and stand up and grab my purse and I went to the back of the airplane. I stayed in the back of the airplane until we landed and everybody was off,” she added.
Leeds was one of three women on the program and was joined by fellow Trump accusers Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks, who told their own stories.
In a statement to the program, the White House offered a total denial of all accusations of sexual misconduct.
“These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length in last year’s campaign and the American people voiced their judgement by delivering a decisive victory,” The White House told Kelly who read the statement on-air. “The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.”
— Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) December 11, 2017
Leeds’ story was widely reported in the last month of the 2016 presidential campaign just days after the emergence of the Trump “Access Hollywood” tape in which the former reality show star admitted to groping women on a hot mic.
In a previous description to the New York Times, Leeds compared Trump’s airplane grabbiness to “an octopus” and called what happened to her an “assault.”