TIMELINE: Four Decades Of Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump kisses a "Women for Trump" sign during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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Updated on October 27, 2016 at 5:32 p.m. ET.

Donald Trump faces a mounting list of sexual misconduct allegations after several women accused the GOP nominee of inappropriately touching them in a series of reports published Wednesday night.

During the second presidential debate on Sunday, Trump denied that he ever acted on comments he made in a leaked video from 2005 about kissing and grabbing women “by the pussy.” Multiple women with stories of being groped by Trump cited that denial as the motivation behind them coming forward this week.

But the most recent accusations aren’t the first that have been leveled against him. Here’s a timeline of Trump’s alleged acts of misconduct, in the chronological order in which they were said to have happened:

Early 1980s

Jessica Leeds told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday that Trump made unwanted sexual advances on her three decades ago, saying that he lifted the armrest between them and then groped her on a flight.

Trump has denied these claims, calling out Leeds and another woman who told her story to the Times at a Thursday rally and saying their accounts were fabricated.

“These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false,” he said. “These claims are all fabricated and they are pure fiction and they are outright lies. These events never, ever happened.”

Marc E. Kasowitz, a lawyer for Trump, sent the Times a letter calling the report “reckless and defamatory.” Trump also claimed that his campaign was “preparing” a lawsuit against the Times in his remarks at the campaign rally.

1989

Trump’s first wife, Ivana, reportedly accused him of sexually assaulting her during a divorce disposition in the early nineties.

According to a 2015 report in The Daily Beast, Ivana described the incident as “rape” in the 1993 book “Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump.” Ivana alleged that Trump pulled out her hair and then forcibly penetrated her during a confrontation in 1989.

Trump told Newsday in 1993 that the accusation was “obviously false,” according to the Daily Beast’s report.

Before “Lost Tycoon” was printed, Trump and his lawyers also reportedly provided a statement from Ivana for the first page of the book in which Ivana confirmed that she “felt violated” in the incident, but did not want her description of “rape” to be taken “in a literal or criminal sense.”

The Trump campaign told ABC’s John Santucci that the Daily Beast’s report was “old news” and “never happened.” Trump lawyer Michael Cohen also threatened to sue the Daily Beast.

“I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse,” he said. “You write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it, with the word ‘rape,’ and I’m going to mess your life up.”

Early 1990s

Kristin Anderson alleged in a report published Friday by the Washington Post that Trump reached his hand under her skirt and touched her vagina through her underwear while sitting next to her at a crowded Manhattan nightclub in the early 1990s.

“It wasn’t a sexual come-on,” she told the Post. “I don’t know why he did it. It was like just to prove that he could do it, and nothing would happen.”

Anderson said she had not spoken with Trump beforehand and that she leapt up from the couch where they were seated once he touched her.

The Trump campaign denied Anderson’s story in a statement to the Post as a “phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity.”

1992–3

Makeup artist Jill Harth accused Trump of “attempted ‘rape’” in a 1997 complaint.

Harth alleged that when she met Trump in 1992, he groped her under the table at dinner at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Later, during a 1993 visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, Harth alleged that Trump pushed her against a wall and groped her.

“He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again,” Harth told the Guardian in a July 2016 report, “and I had to physically say: ‘What are you doing? Stop it.’”

Harth later dropped her case against Trump after the real estate mogul settled an unrelated, outstanding business lawsuit with Harth’s business partner in 1997.

Michael Cohen, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, told the Guardian that Harth had “massive credibility issues.” In a later email, he called her allegations “absurd” and lacking in “any merit or veracity,” citing emails from Harth in which he said she volunteered to help with Trump’s campaign trail makeup.

1997

Five former contestants in the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant told Buzzfeed News that Trump entered their dressing room while they were changing clothes.

As Buzzfeed News noted, girls as young as 15 competed in the 1997 pageant. Contestants also told Buzzfeed that the dressing rooms were typically open spaces without barriers shielding them while they changed.

Trump’s campaign did not respond to Buzzfeed’s request for comment.

1997

Former Miss Utah Temple Taggart McDowell told the New York Times in May that Trump gave her an unwanted kiss when she was a Miss USA pageant contestant.

“He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, ‘Oh my God, gross,’” she told the Times. “I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like ‘Wow, that’s inappropriate.’”

On Wednesday, McDowell told NBC News about a second unwanted kiss from Trump when she went to meet with him at Trump Tower in New York. Trump had offered to help with her modeling career, according to NBC News, and when he came out to greet McDowell he hugged her and kissed her on the lips again.

“I remember immediately thinking, ‘What does he think this is?’” McDowell said, describing the incident as “super awkward.”

Trump denied to NBC News that either incident had taken place. “I don’t even know who she is,” he said. “I never kissed her. I emphatically deny this ridiculous claim.”

1998

Yoga teacher Karena Virginia told reporters during an October 20th press conference with Allred that Trump groped her and harassed her outside of the 1998 U.S. Open Tennis Championship.

“I was quite surprised when I overheard him talking to the other men about me,” Virginia said. “He said, ‘Hey, look at this one; we haven’t seen her before. Look at those legs,’ as though I was an object rather than a person. He then walked up to me and reached his right arm and grabbed my right arm. Then his hand touched the right inside of my breast. I was in shock. I flinched. ‘Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?’ That’s what he said to me. I felt intimidated, and I felt powerless. Then my car pulled up and I got in.”

2001

An unnamed former Miss USA contestant told the Guardian that Trump walked into her dressing room in 2001 while she and another woman were changing, disregarding a warning from security personnel that the women were naked.

“Mr Trump just barged right in, didn’t say anything, stood there and stared at us,” she told the Guardian. “He walked in, he stood and he stared. He was doing it because he knew that he could.”

While the first contestant declined to speak using her name, former Miss Arizona Tasha Dixon, who also competed in 2001, described another incident when Trump came “waltzing in” to a room while contestants were undressed.

“He just came strolling right in,” she said. “We were naked or half naked in a very physically vulnerable position.”

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks did not immediately reply to an email from the Guardian seeking comment.

2003

Mindy McGillivray told the Palm Beach Post she was helping her friend Ken Davidoff and his father Bob Davidoff as they photographed a Ray Charles concert in 2003 at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.

McGillivray said that she felt someone grab her butt while she was waiting after the concert, then turned around to see Trump quickly turn away from her. She also says that he flirted with her at a New Year’s Eve party in 2001.

Trump has not commented on McGillivray’s accusation.

2005

Rachel Crooks, who was a receptionist at a real estate investment and development company in Trump Tower, told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday that Trump kissed her on the mouth upon introducing himself to her in 2005.

Trump has denied Crooks’ claim, calling out her and another woman who spoke to the Times in a rally Thursday and saying their accounts were fabricated.

“These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false,” he said. “These claims are all fabricated and they are pure fiction and they are outright lies. These events never, ever happened.”

2005

Natasha Stoynoff, a writer for People magazine, published a first-person account on Wednesday alleging that Trump forcibly kissed her in 2005 when she visited Mar-a-Lago to interview him and his wife Melania about their first year of marriage.

Trump invited her upstairs to show her around, according to Stoynoff’s account. “We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us,” Stoynoff wrote. “I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.”

A Trump spokeswoman denied Stoynoff’s accusations, saying that it “never happened” and calling her story “fabricated.”

2006

A former Miss Finland told Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat that Donald Trump groped her while she was competing in the 2006 Miss Universe beauty pageant in New York.

Ninni Laaksonen alleged that the now GOP nominee grabbed her rear while she and three other contestants were being photographed before an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Laaksonen told the paper that she attended a number of parties with other pageant contestants and Trump’s wife, Melania.

“Somebody told me there that Trump liked me because I looked like Melania when she was younger,” she told the newspaper. “It left me disgusted.”

2007

Former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos alleged on Friday that Donald Trump inappropriately kissed and groped her at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007.

Zervos said that Trump forcibly kissed her twice during a meeting at his New York office. Days later, Zervos alleged that Trump invited her to dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he followed her around his “bungalow” groping and kissing Zervos as she tried to resist his advances.

Trump kissed her when she entered the bungalow, Zervos said, and then asked her to sit next to him when she walked away.

“He grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast,” Zervos said.

Trump then walked her into the bedroom and asked her to lie down and watch television with him, she said.

“He then put me in an embrace and I tried to push him away. I pushed his chest to put space between us and I said, ‘Come on, man, get real,'” Zervos said. “He repeated my words back to me—get real—as he began thrusting his genitals.”

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