ABC News(NEW YORK) — Two new women accused GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump of sexual misconduct Friday, adding to a growing list of women who have come forward with similar stories.
Summer Zervos, a candidate from Season 5 of “The Apprentice,” gave a press conference in which she said that Trump abused his role as a potential employer in an attempt to have sex with her in 2007. “He grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again aggressively and placed his hand on my breast,” Zervos said, with civil rights attorney Gloria Allred by her side.
Meanwhile, Kristin Anderson spoke to The Washington Post, alleging that Trump put his hand up her skirt all the way to her underwear in the early 1990s.
Neither woman reported the alleged incidents to authorities.
Trump has repeatedly denied the mounting allegations against him. On Friday, while speaking at a rally in North Carolina, Trump said that his advisers had urged him to move on from the accusations, but said he wanted to defend himself.
“I feel I have to talk about it,” Trump said. “I have no idea who these women are.”
Zervos said that she is a Republican, while Anderson told The Post that she isn’t a supporter of Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. ABC News confirmed that Zervos is registered as a Republican in California.
Trump said Friday that no witnesses have come forward to back up the claims of his sexual accusers; however, Allred claimed at Zervos’ press conference to have two witnesses. “Donald Trump thinks he can do and say whatever he wants,” she said.
Anderson, for her part, told The Post that she decided to come forward after hearing Trump’s comment that he grabbed women “by the p—-” in a recording from 2005 first published last Friday by The Post.
Trump apologized for the comment in his second debate with Hillary Clinton, describing the words he used as “locker room talk.”
Anderson said the language Trump used as transcended “locker room talk” and veered into the arena of sexual assault.
“It’s a sexual assault issue, and it’s something that I’ve kept quiet on my own,” she told The Post.
Anderson urged women who have been touched inappropriately to come forward and speak up about it.
Anderson declined to speak to an ABC News reporter Friday, but after the story’s publication, ABC News spoke to a friend of Anderson’s, Brad Trent, who confirmed what he told The Post about hearing the story from Anderson in 2007. He said that he was at dinner with Anderson and a group of friends in 2007 when he first heard the story. Trent said Anderson said that she was sitting next to Trump at the China Club and Trump slid his hand up her thigh and “grabbed her p—-.” Most people at the dinner already knew the story but Trent said he had not heard it yet. The story came up because they were at a restaurant that reminded them of the China Club, Trent said.
“Mr. Trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is totally ridiculous,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said regarding Anderson’s accusation in a statement included in The Post story.
In a statement, Trump said of Zervos’ accusation: “I vaguely remember Ms. Zervos as one of the many contestants on ‘The Apprentice’ over the years. 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, emailing my office on April 14th of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California.
“Beyond that, the media is now creating a theater of absurdity that threatens to tear our democratic process apart and poison the minds of the American public. When Gloria Allred is given the same weighting on national television as the President of the United States, and unfounded accusations are treated as fact, with reporters throwing due diligence and fact-finding to the side in a rush to file their stories first, it’s evident that we truly are living in a broken system.
“Hillary Clinton can spend all of her time and money pushing complete lies against our campaign, but I refuse to fall victim to this vicious cycle of personal attacks. In the coming days I plan on addressing our nation in a more personal way to present my vision for how together we fight to bring back American jobs and defend our country against radical Islamic terrorism. I will take my message directly to the American people and bypass the unethical press that wants to see their candidate elected. Together, we will make America great again.”
ABC News reached out to Zervos but did not immediately receive a response. ABC News reached Zervos’ father, who would not talk to ABC News other than to say that he’d provided an affidavit to Allred, who declined to provide a copy to ABC News.
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