Summer Zervos, former "Apprentice" contestant made a public statement today that Donald Trump sexually harassed her while she was seeking employment with him.
Zervos is just one alleged victim in a constant stream of women who have begun to speak out against Trump since video emerged of the pop culture icon and presidential candidate bragging about groping women's genitals and other acts of sexual assault and harassment.
Represented by Gloria Allred, Zervos addressed the press from Allred's office in Beverly Hills, detailing Zervos' accusations against Trump.
Zervos, who was on the fifth season of "Apprentice," alleges a harrowing list of humiliating experiences, including Trump "kissing her, touching her breasts, and leading her into his bedroom."
She recounts the history of her business interactions with Trump in detail, from his allegedly greeting her by kissing her lips and a hair-raising account of meeting Trump for a business dinner, hoping to be hired for a job.
Zervos alleges that she did not meet Trump at a restaurant as she expected, but was escorted instead to a bungalow where she found Trump's clothes sitting on the bed and was greeted in a familiar tone by Trump, who was out of sight. Thinking he had mistaken her for someone with whom he was more familiar, Zervos alleges that she seated herself in the living room whereupon Trump emerged some 15 minutes later and began kissing her, touching her breasts, and inviting her to lay on the bed as Zervos tried to put space between them. Zervos reports that Trump even "thrusted" his "genitals" against her clothed body.
Zervos claims Trump had a complete change in attitude towards her professionally after she turned down his sexual advances, which would fall under sexual harassment according to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Remarking on the recent surge of accusations, Allred stated that some of the women "may have thought they would not be believed against what they thought would most likely be a complete denial by a rich, powerful, celebrity." Trump's alleged victims are right to fear the worst from making a claim against Trump, who has run smear campaigns against all of his accusers for decades. Allred's supposition rings true when it comes to Trump's response to the women who have accused him. On the campaign trail in North Carolina, Trump claimed that the women were "sick liars seeking fame" and denied the allegations in a statement.
"I vaguely remember Ms. Zervos as one of the many contestants on 'The Apprentice' over the years. To be clear, I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago," Trump said. "That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I've conducted my life.
Zervos, her voice choked with emotion, addressed Trump directly, "You do not have the right to treat women as sexual objects just because you are a star."
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