Women Who Accused Trump Of Sexual Misconduct Call For Congress To Investigate The Allegations

“I put myself out there for the entire world, and nobody cared."

Three women who had previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct spoke out on Monday in a highly anticipated news conference.

Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Cooks held a news conference and then went on NBC to speak with Today Show host Megyn Kelly. All three women have issued detailed accusations against President Trump that span from the 1980s to 2006, and they are among 19 women — including the president's ex-wife Ivana — who have publicly accused Trump of harassment, assault and rape. Trump denies the allegations.

Holvey, a former Miss USA pageant contestant, said that in 2006 Trump entered the dressing room to "inspect" each woman. Holvey said it was heartbreaking to come forward with her allegations and watch Trump win the presidential election anyway.

"I put myself out there for the entire world, and nobody cared," Holvey told Kelly

"12 years ago, as a young receptionist in Trump Tower, I was forcibly kissed by Mr. Trump during our first introduction," Crooks said during the press conference. "Mr. Trump repeatedly kissed my cheeks, and eventually my lips, in an encounter that has since impacted my life well beyond the initial occurrence."

Crooks said she came forward when she read about other women making accusations against Trump, which gave her the sense that she wasn't alone. At the time, she said, she felt there was nothing she could do. Her bosses worked with Trump and he owned the building that they were standing in.

"I was shocked," Crooks told Kelly after describing Trump allegedly kissing her at Trump Tower. "Devastated. It happened so fast ... I wish I would've been courageous enough to say, 'What's going on and you need to stop this.'"

Leeds, whose accusations date back the furtherst, detailed an account in which Trump allegedly groped her and tried to reach up her skirt when the two sat next to each other flying first class in the 1980s.

"He was an octopus," she told The New York Times. "His hands were everywhere."

All three women called for Congress to investigate the allegations against Trump. Their public allegations against the president comes at a pivotal moment for victims of sexual harassment and assault who have been coming out in numbers against powerful men over the last few months. Allegations of sexual misconduct have led to the resignations of Sen. Al Franken, Rep. John Conyers and Rep. Trent Franks just in the last few weeks. The dam seemed to break two months earlier when Hollywood mogul and Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein faced the allegations of more than 60 women of sexual assault.

The White House maintains that all of the women who are accusing Trump of harassment or assault are lying. Meanwhile, the female colleagues of the accused Congressman, like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, are calling on any credibly accused politician to resign. Gillibrand has long made stopping sexual assault a focus of her political career, and now has set her sights on the White House, telling CNN Monday that Trump should resign or face Congressional investigation.

"These allegations are credible; they are numerous, " Gillibrand told the news network. "I've heard these women's testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking."

Today's press conference — and the bravery of the women who led it — proves no man is powerful enough to intimidate his alleged victims into silence.

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