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Former Apprentice Contestant Accuses Trump of “Thrusting His Genitals” Against Her

Attorney Gloria Allred holds a press conference with Summer Zervos, a former candidate on “The Apprentice” Season 5, who is accusing Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual conduct.

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Another witness has stepped forward to claim that Donald Trump made sexually inappropriate advances toward her in 2007, after she had been a cast member of The Apprentice.

Summer Zervos, who is represented by attorney Gloria Allred, told her story at a press conference early Friday afternoon. Zervos says she met Trump on Season 5 of The Apprentice, then went to see him at his offices in New York in 2007, at which time her kissed her several times on the mouth, in casual greetings that made her uncomfortable.

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A few days later Trump allegedly flew out to Los Angeles and got in touch with her with an offer of dinner. He had Zervos brought to his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where she saw his clothes on the bed, and he called out to her from a room adjacent to his bedroom.

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After 15 minutes, he joined her with his clothes on and began kissing her, open-mouthed and dragging her toward him. He allegedly grabbed her shoulder and her breast. She describes him having “led her to the bedroom” as she resisted. She described him as “thrusting his genitals” against her clothed body.

In the weeks and months that followed, she attempted to secure a position with the Trump organization, but he brushed her off and stopped returning her calls. She claims she was later offered a lesser job at the Trump Organization, and Trump scolded her for using his “private number” to make contact.

Allred confirmed in a Q&A with reporters following the event that she has two corroborating witnesses for this account, and that Zervos—a Republican—was not contacted by anyone to come forward.

View a full list of the sexual assault allegations against Trump and read more Slate coverage of the 2016 campaign.

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