This is the second in a series of blog posts detailing the sexual assault/harassment allegations against Donald Trump.
From writer Natasha Stoynoff:
In the early 2000s, I was assigned the Trump beat for PEOPLE magazine. For years I reported on all things Donald....
I tracked his hit show The Apprentice, attended his wedding to Melania Knauss and roamed the halls of his lavish Trump Tower abode. Melania was kind and sweet during our many chats, and Donald was as bombastic and entertaining as you would expect. We had a very friendly, professional relationship.
Then, in December 2005, around the time Trump had his now infamous conversation with Billy Bush, I traveled to Mar-a-Lago to interview the couple for a first-wedding-anniversary feature story.
Our photo team shot the Trumps on the lush grounds of their Florida estate, and I interviewed them about how happy their first year of marriage had been. When we took a break for the then-very-pregnant Melania to go upstairs and change wardrobe for more photos, Donald wanted to show me around the mansion. There was one “tremendous” room in particular, he said, that I just had to see.
We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.Trump denied the assault. The reason? Take a look at this from the Daily Caller:
“Think of it,” he said. “She’s doing a story on Melania, who’s pregnant at the time, and Donald Trump — our one year anniversary. And she said I made inappropriate advances, and by the way, the area was a public area — people all over the place.”So his explanation was NOT that he'd never force himself on anyone but that's simply unacceptable behavior but that he didn't do anything with her simply because she wasn't attractive enough for him to bother with.
“Take a look, you take a look, look at her — look at her words — you tell me what you think. I don’t think so. I don’t think so.”
What did he say about attractive women to Billy Bush? This:
You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. I just kiss. I don’t even wait.As he said in his proclamation, "We must respond to sexual assault by identifying and holding perpetrators accountable."
Donald Trump, assaulter of Natasha Stoynoff.