Three of President Donald Trump’s harassment accusers have demanded a congressional inquiry.
At a New York City news conference, Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks accused President Trump of groping, fondling, forcibly kissing, humiliating or harassing them.
The trio detailed their allegations shortly beforehand live on TV.
However, the White House said the women were making “false claims”.
The December 11 press conference was organized by Brave New Films, which last month released a documentary, 16 Women and Donald Trump, about the claims made by multiple women.
Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks originally went public separately with their allegations a month before last year’s presidential election.
The claims have been given a new lease of life by the harassment scandals that have engulfed high-profile public figures since October’s fall of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
On December 11, Samantha Holvey told NBC News that Donald Trump had ogled her and other competitors in 2006 at the Miss USA beauty pageant, which he owned.
The former Miss North Carolina, who was 20-years-old at the time, said “he lined all of us up” and was “just looking me over like I was just a piece of meat”.
“It left me feeling very gross,” Samantha Holvey told Megyn Kelly.
She later told the reporters: “They’ve investigated other Congress members, so I think it only stands fair that he [President Trump] is investigated as well
“This isn’t a partisan issue, this is, how women are treated every day.”
Jessica Leeds, now in her 70s, says that when she was 38 she sat next to Donald Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York and he assaulted her.
She said: “He jumped all over me.”
Jessica Leeds said she came forward because: “I wanted people to know what kind of person Trump really is, and what a pervert he is.”
Rachel Crooks said she was kissed on the lips by Donald Trump outside a lift in Trump Tower when she was a 22-year-old receptionist at a real estate company there.
The White House said on December 11: “These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory.
“The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.”
President Trump rejected such allegations last year and vowed to sue the accusers, though no lawsuit has yet been filed.
However, over the weekend President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said his accusers “should be heard”.
Speaking to CBS News, Nikki Haley said she was “incredibly proud of the women who have come forward”.
Meanwhile, three Democratic senators – Cory Booker of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York – called on President Trump to resign over the allegations.