Two more women accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct Friday, as the controversy surrounding the Republican presidential nominee continued to shadow the presidential campaign.
Kristin Anderson, in an interview with The Washington Post, said she was sitting on a couch and chatting with friends in a Manhattan nightclub in the early 1990s when suddenly someone's hands moved up her leg and under her miniskirt, fondling her.
After pushing the person's hand away, she said she jumped up from the couch, looked back and recognized the person who'd groped her as Trump.
“He was so distinctive looking — with the hair and the eyebrows," Anderson told The Post. "I mean, nobody else has those eyebrows.”
She told the newspaper she's described the incident to various acquaintances over the years and decided to go public, after first being contacted by a reporter, after other women made accusations this week against the Republican presidential nominee.
In a statement to USA TODAY, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied the incident with Anderson occurred and called it a "political attack designed to tear down Mr. Trump."
"This is a total fabrication — it did not happen. It is illogical and nonsensical to think Donald Trump was alone in a nightclub in Manhattan and that the alleged incident and recognition of Mr. Trump went unnoticed by both the woman involved and anyone else in this 'crowded' venue," Hicks said. "Further, why is this just coming out now? She described the allegation as being 'inconsequential at the time,' but why then wasn’t it consequential when Mr. Trump announced for President, or when he won the primary, or when he headlined the convention – why is it just now, three weeks before election day, consequential? The answer is that this is clearly a political attack designed to tear down Mr. Trump."
Later Friday afternoon, Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant, said that she had been trying to get a job with Trump after her season ended and was invited to meet him at a hotel for dinner.
Zervos, in a press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred, said that she went to meet Trump at a hotel bungalow and he “started kissing me open mouthed.”
She said she pulled away, but Trump continued to pursue her and attempt to kiss her and one point he asked her to lay down and watch TV with him.
Despite rejecting his sexual advances, Zervos said she still pursued a job with Trump, but he never offered one.
“I wondered if the sexual behavior was some kind of test and whether or not I had passed,” she said. “Even though Mr. Trump had sexually harassed me, I still wanted to get a job in the Trump Organization.”
Trump said he "vaguely remembers" Zervos in a statement released Friday, but denied ever meeting her a hotel or that he "greeted her inappropriately." Trump added that Zervos "continued to contact me for help, emailing my office on April 14th of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California."
Trump blamed the media for "creating a theater of the absurd that threatens to tear our democratic process apart and poison the minds of the American public." He promised to address the "nation in a more personal way" in the coming days and "bypass the unethical press that wants to see their candidate elected."
The swirl of allegations this week of sexual misconduct by Trump began Wednesday night when The New York Times published a story in which two women accused Trump of groping them in years past.
Last Friday, a recording surfaced from 2005 in which Trump was heard talking graphically about how he is able to grope women because of his celebrity status, a revelation that has left his campaign embattled ever since.