Last week footage from 2005 emerged of Donald Trump and Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush having a vulgar conversation about sexual assault including the now-infamous “grab them by the pussy, you can do anything” line.
Now at least four women have come forward about an incident from the 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant where the US Presidential Candidate reportedly walked into their dressing room while they were changing.
“When he started running for president, that is one of the first things I thought about: Oh, gross, this guy walked in on us in the pageant,” Mariah Billado, a former Miss Vermont Teen USA, told BuzzFeed News. “Girls were just scrambling to grab stuff, whatever garments they had. I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here.’”
Trump reportedly told the girls something along the lines of, “Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before,” Billado recalled.
Three other women, all contestants at the time, chose to remain anonymous but also recalled Trump’s intrusion, which they describes as “shocking” and “creepy”.
“At the time, you’re a teenager, you’re intimidated — it’s Donald Trump, he runs the pageant,” said one woman who was just 17 at the time (contestants at Miss Teen USA range in age from 14 – 19). “It was his given right” she said, to walk into their dressing room “because he owned the pageant.”
A former Miss Arizona also told CBS this week that Trump walked in on her and her fellow contestants during a 2001 pageant.
“Our first introduction to him was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half naked changing into our bikinis,” she said. “He just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Others girls were naked.
“To have the owner come waltzing in, when we’re naked, or half naked, in a very physically vulnerable position, and then to have the pressure of the people that worked for him telling us to go fawn all over him, go walk up to him, talk to him, get his attention.
“I’m telling you Donald Trump owned the pageant for the reason of utilizing his power to get around beautiful women. Who do you complain to? He owns the pageant. There’s no one to complain to. Everyone there works for him.”
However other former constastants have refuted the claims, saying there was “too much security” for Trump to have entered the room.
“If anything inappropriate had gone on, the gossip would have flown.”
Despite this though, Trump himself admitted on The Howard Stern Show in 2005 that he had the power to walk into the dressing rooms whenever he pleased.
“I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready,” he said. “I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant, and therefore I’m inspecting it. You know they’re standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that.”