Megyn Kelly welcomed a fourth Trump accuser onto her morning show, speaking to Melinda McGillivray about her claims against the president Tuesday.
McGillivray — following the three women who repeated their claims against Trump the day prior — had first come out with her sexual misconduct allegation against Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Speaking to the Palm Beach Post in October, McGillivray claimed Trump, while standing with his then-fiancee Melania Trump, groped her in 2003 when she was 23 years old and photographing a concert at the Mar-a-Lago hotel. Hope Hicks, Trump’s spokeswoman at the time, denied the story.
Painting the picture, McGillivray told Kelly that she was standing in half-moon shape line along with Regis and Joy Philbin, her photographer friend Ken Davidoff and Trump and Melania, with Ray Charles standing in front of them. “The next thing I know, I feel a grab on my right side. I initially think this is probably Ken’s camera bag but to my surprise it’s Donald,” she said on Megyn Kelly Today. “He’s standing a foot and a half away from me, so he had to reach out and touch me. I look at his face and he’s looking stone-cold at Ray Charles. I stand there and I’m stunned. I don’t even know what to do with myself in that moment.”
After claiming that Trump grabbed the right side of her rear end, McGillivray told the NBC News host, “He’s just standing there. Didn’t even acknowledge me. He said nothing. He knew what he did and I could see it in his face, the look of guilt. It made me feel very small, inferior. It made me feel like I was objectified. I was sick to my stomach.”
She also told Kelly that she ran into Trump at a later time and claimed that he was flirting with her until he was interrupted by Melania.
“I can’t believe a guy like that can make it into the highest office and be revered as this leader,” she added, calling for an ethics inquiry into Trump’s behavior. “We need to have higher standards in this country and he has to be held accountable. I demand that there is an investigation.”
On Monday, Kelly brought three women who have accused the president of sexual misconduct onto her show. Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks have all accused Trump of acting inappropriately toward them. Leeds has said Trump groped her on an airplane in the late 1970s; Holvey accused Trump of being inappropriate and “inspecting” Miss USA pageant competitors; and Crooks has said Trump kissed her without her consent in 2005.
The White House quickly responded to the appearance and “false” claims, saying, in part: “The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes, and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.” During her White House address later in the day, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed the claims, telling reporters Trump has already denied any accusations against him.
Leeds, Holvey and Crooks followed up their Today appearance with a press conference later in the day, where they were joined by another accuser, Lisa Boyne. The four women urged Congress to open an investigation into the allegations against Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by 16 women.
The news conference was hosted by Brave New Films, a production company that in November released a three-minute video called 16 Women and Donald Trump.
Trump himself responded on Twitter, saying, “Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!”
Taking issue with Trump’s claim that the accusations come from women he “[doesn’t] know and/or have never met,” former People staff writer Natasha Stoynoff resurfaced her claim later on Tuesday with photographic proof of Stoynoff meeting Trump. The photo shows Stoynoff and the People crew with a posing Trump and Melania Trump from when Stoynoff interviewed the pair at Mar-a-Lago in late 2005 for the magazine.
“Is the President of the United States held to a different standard than, say, Louis C.K.? Or will Trump too face a day of reckoning?” Stoynoff asked, referencing her claim that Trump kissed her without her consent while giving her a tour during the interview and photo shoot. (Trump denied her claim during the campaign.)
— People (@people) December 12, 2017
Dec. 12, 12 p.m. Updated with Stoynoff’s story.