Summer Zervos, a contestant on the TV show The Apprentice, accused Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday of inappropriate sexual conduct toward her, the latest in a string of similar accusations against the former TV personality.
Trump responded to the allegations on Friday, saying he never met Zervos at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago.
Summer Zervos's lawyer, Gloria Allred, told a press conference that Trump had his hands all over her client, kissing and touching her.
According to Allred, Trump kissed Zervos on the lips when she came into his office in 2007, after she competed on the show's fifth season in 2006.
Zervos said Trump tried to get her to lie down on a bed with him when she met him in a later visit to Los Angeles to discuss a possible job. "He then asked me to sit next to him. I complied. He then grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast," said Zervos.
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Zervos, from Huntington Beach, California, participated in the fifth season of the popular TV show. According to RealityTVWorld.com, she was the first contestant "fired" by Trump, after she interrupted him during the show's boardroom session.
Allred said Zervos has no intent of filing suit against Trump at this time.
Zervos is the latest of multiple women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct after a lewd 2005 recording of the Republican candidate resurfaced recently.
Also on Friday, The Washington Post published an interview with a woman who said Trump put his hand up her skirt in a crowded New York nightclub in the early 1990s in an unwanted advance.
"He did touch my vagina through my underwear, absolutely," Kristin Anderson said in a video interview on the newspaper's website. "It wasn't a sexual come-on. I don't know why he did it. It was like just to prove that he could do it," she told the paper.
Anderson could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Post reported that Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said the candidate "strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is totally ridiculous."
Trump's White House campaign has been scrambling to recover from the release a week ago of a 2005 video in which he bragged about groping women and making unwanted sexual advances. While Trump said the video was just talk and he had never behaved in this way, multiple women subsequently went public with allegations of sexual misconduct against the New York real estate magnate going back three decades.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that two women said they had endured unwanted groping or kisses from the former TV personality. One of the women, Jessica Leeds, appeared on camera on the Times' website to recount how Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt on a flight to New York in or around 1980.
The second woman, Rachel Crooks, described how Trump "kissed me directly on the mouth" in 2005 outside the elevator in Trump Tower in Manhattan, where she was a receptionist at a real estate firm.
Within hours, several other media outlets published similar reports. People magazine published a detailed first-person account from one of its reporters, Natasha Stoynoff.
Stoynoff said Trump pinned her against a wall at his Florida estate in 2005 and kissed her as she struggled to get away.
"I turned around, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat," Stoynoff said.
At a campaign rally on Friday afternoon, Trump angrily denounced the allegations that have been made about him by a series of women in recent days, saying that all the accusations about him involving women were fabricated.
"I don't know who these people are. I look on television, I think it's a disgusting thing and it's being pushed, they have no witnesses, there's nobody around," Trump said at the rally in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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