- Former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos has come forward claiming she was sexually assaulted by Donald Trump in his hotel room
- Zervos claims Trump kissed her with an open mouth multiple times and groped her breast at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007
- Trump then allegedly asked Zervos to lay down on the bed saying he wanted to watch 'telly telly,' and began 'thrusting his genitals' at her
- 'You do not have the right to treat women as sexual objects because you are a star,' said Zervos, whose Apprentice season aired in 2006
- Zervos has not filed a criminal complaint or lawsuit, and when asked why she came forward said: 'I want to be able to sleep at night when I'm 70'
- Also on Friday afternoon, Kristin Anderson said that Trump put her hand up her skirt and touched her vagina in a New York City club in the early 90s
- Trump denied Zervos' claims in a statement on Friday, saying that he never went to a hotel with her and only vaguely remembered the woman
A woman who was a contestant on the fifth season of The Apprentice has come forward claiming that she was sexually assaulted by Donald Trump.
Summer Zervos appeared at a press conference in Los Angeles Friday afternoon alongside her attorney Gloria Allred to recount the alleged encounter that occurred between herself and the Republican nominee in his room at the Beverly Hills Hotel back in 2007.
She claims that she reached out to Trump a year after her season of the Apprentice aired to speak about possible business opportunities, and when she met with him he kissed her 'open mouthed' multiple times, and at one point placed his hand on her breast.
Trump then allegedly had Zervos lie in bed with him she said telling her he wanted to watch 'telly telly,' but soon after began 'thrusting his genitals' at her despite her pleas asking him to stop.
Zervos broke down in tears throughout the press conference, and said towards the end of her remarks: 'After hearing the released audio tapes and your denial during the debate, I felt I had to speak out about your behavior.
'You do not have the right to treat women as sexual objects just because you are a star.'
She is not pressing any charges or seeking any money in a civil suit from Trump, and stated that she told two friends about the incident at the time.
And despite not taking questions after reading her statement she did chime in when reporters questioned Allred about why she made the decision to come forward after all these years, saying: 'Because I want to be able to sleep at night when I'm 70.'
Trump denied Zervos' allegations in a statement on Friday afternoon saying that he only vaguely remembered the woman. He also claimed that she had contacted him as recently as April inviting him to dine at her restaurant.
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Zervos claims that the after reaching out to Trump's office she met with him for lunch in New York City.
She said that Trump kissed her on the lips when he greeted her, which she thought may have just been his normal behavior.
'We sat and spoke. He was extremely complimentary. He said that he was very impressed with how I handled myself on the Apprentice. He said that he had never met anyone with my combination of being smart, attractive and with as large a set of 'balls' as I had. He said that he would love to have me work for him,' said Zervos of their lunch
Then, Trump kissed her again as she prepared to leave the restaurant.
'As I was about to leave he again kissed me on the lips. This made me feel very nervous and embarrassed. This is not what I wanted or expected,' said Zervos.
'He asked me for my phone number and I scrawled it down with a marker. I left hurriedly and called a friend who lived in New York because I was upset by the kiss. I also called my parents to tell them what had happened.'
She said that after speaking with her friend and parents they came to the conclusion that this was 'undoubtedly some form of greeting.'
At the time, Trump had been married to his wife Melania for two years, and their son Barron would have been only one-year-old
Zervos said that on the night of their dinner she went to meet Trump at the Beverly Hills Hotel and was taken to his bungalow.
'I assumed we were going to a restaurant in the hotel. Instead, I was taken to a bungalow,' she said,
Soon after she arrived, Trump came out dressed in a suit and greeted her in what she described as a 'sing song voice.'
Trump then made his move according to Zervos, wasting no time.
'[H]e came to me and started kissing me open-mouthed as he was pulling me toward him,' she said, pausing for brief moments as she began to tear up.
Zervos said she then pulled away from Trump and went to sit across the room, but soon after the billionaire businessman asked her to come sit next to him.
'He then grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast,' said Zervos, who claims that she then once again pulled away and distanced herself from Trump.
Zervos said Trump continued to grab at her and tried to get her to join him in the bedroom, eventually convincing her to lie down on the bed with him so they could watch 'telly-telly.'
This time, instead of just pulling away, Zervos said she told Trump that she was not interested in him as he again began to grab her.
That only escalated his actions according to Zervos.
'He 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,''' said Zarvos.
'He repeated my words back to me, 'get real' as he began thrusting his genitals.
'He tried to kiss me again and with my hand still on his chest I said 'dude your trippin' right now' attempting to make it clear that I was not interested.
'He said, 'What do you want?' I said I came to have dinner. He said, 'Okay, we will have dinner.'
'He paced around the room. He acted like he was a bit angry.
'He pointed out that someone had delivered a fruit basket. I felt it was to show me how important he was.'
Zervos said she then sat across the room from Trump.
'He started saying that he did not think that I had ever known love, or had ever been in love.'
She then added: 'I did not want to discuss my personal life with him.'
Zervos claims that their dinner arrived soon after, and Trump asked her to stand in another room while the hotel employee set up the meal.
The two had their dinner without any other incidents occurring, and Trump told Zervos to meet him the following morning at his nearby golf club in Palos Verdes in relation to a job the two had discussed that week.
Zervos also claimed that during their dinner Trump offered her advice for getting out of debt.
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'He spoke about how he was able to maneuver to get out of debt. He told me that I needed to let my house go into default and then tell the bank that they could take it back,' said Zervos.
'He advised that then the bank would take anything to rid themselves of a problem loan.
'He told me to call the bank and tell them that I was leaving the keys on the table for them to pick up.
'He said that would be a mini version of what he does. He urged me not to make another payment on my home loan.'
That advice could be construed as mortgage fraud.
She said she left thinking that Trump's 'sexual behavior' might have been some sort of 'test,' and she wondered if she had 'passed.'
The next day she met Trump and was given a tour of the course by the general manager. When they finished Trump was gone according to Zervos.
'I never saw him again,' said Zervos.
As for that job Trump had spoken about, she was given an offer soon after by the general manager, with the salary being half of what Trump had initially told her it would be.
'I called Mr. Trump and told him that I was upset and that I felt that I was being penalized for not sleeping with him,' said Zervos.
'Mr. Trump said that he was golfing and could not discuss this at that time.'
Trump eventually told Zervos she 'should never again use his private number.'
After finishing her recount of what allegedly transpired between herself and Trump back in 2007, Zervos took some time to directly address the real estate scion turned reality star turned presidential nominee.
'I wanted a job within your organization. Instead, you treated me as an object to be hit upon,' said Zervos.
'Mr. Trump, today I feel that you were interested in me only because you wanted to have a sexual relationship with me and for no other reason.'
It is well known that Trump enjoys staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel when he is in Los Angeles - despite owning a $30million estate which is located directly across the street from the hotel.
He said in an interview with Travel + Leisure: 'I have a house in Beverly Hills, but if I'm just going for a quick hop, I check in to the Beverly Hills Hotel. It's easier because the hotel has everything I could possibly need and the staff really knows how to take care of a guest.'
He then added a less than subtle boast about his pull at the establishment by stating: 'They always make sure to have a room available for me, even if I'm arriving on the night of the Academy Awards.'
In that same interview Trump also speaks about his nearby golf course in Palos Verdes.
Trump claimed in his statement on Friday however that he had never been to the hotel with Zervos.
'To be clear, I never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately a decade ago. That is not who I am as a person, and it is not how I've conducted my life. In fact, Ms. Zervos continued to contact me for help, emailing my office on April 14th of this year asking that I visit her restaurant in California,' said Trump.
'Beyond that, the media is now creating a theater of absurdity that threatens to tear our democratic process apart and poison the minds of the American public.
'When Gloria Allred is given the same weighting on national television as the President of the United States, and unfounded accusations are treated as fact, with reporters throwing due diligence and fact-finding to the side in a rush to file their stories first, it's evident that we truly are living in a broken system.'
Allred released a statement during the press conference on Friday, stating: 'Today another woman has courageously come forward to accuse Donald Trump of engaging in an inappropriate sexual conduct with her.'
She later remarked: 'Donald Trump thinks that he can do and say whatever he wants. He believes that he can go on national television and deny that he acted on his outrageous and disgusting beliefs as captured in his own words on tape and played throughout the country for all to hear.
'His response that it was all 'locker room' talk is chilling when you consider the words coming from a man seeking the highest office in the land.'
Allred continued: 'A number of women have come forward who claim that it was more than just talk.
'He allegedly accosted a woman on an airplane, pinned another against the wall and shoved his tongue down her throat, walked into beauty pageant dressing rooms as though he owned the women and that he had the right to look at them naked or partially clad at his pleasure, including teenagers.
'To all these women Donald issues staunch denials and threatens to sue the newspapers that report their accusations. He thinks that he can say whatever he wants and then muzzle his accusers.'
Allred than hit out at Trump's political ambitions, saying: 'Donald, before you can become President of the United States you must first learn how to treat women with respect.
'Your words and your alleged actions convey the exact opposite. Your words alone, as captured on tape are disgraceful and suggest a belief system which is far below the dignity of the office that you seek.
'The White House is not a locker room and the American people deserve better than a President who believes that he is entitled to grope and grab and sexually assault women at his pleasure.'