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Teen beauty contestants say Donald Trump walked into their dressing room while changing

"You know, they're standing there with no clothes...and you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that"?Trump Photograph: (Getty)

WION New Delhi Oct 13, 2016, 11.27 AM (IST)

BuzzFeed reports that four women who competed in the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant have stated that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump entered their dressing room while they were getting dressed. Some of the contestants were as young as 15 years old.

Mariah Billado, the former Miss Vermont Teen USA, remembers Trump saying something along the lines of, "don't worry, ladies, I've seen it all before".

Three other contestants from the same pageant, who wished to remain anonymous, also spoke of Trump entering the dressing room. Two of them rushed to put their clothes on, and called his entry "shocking" and "creepy".

Eleven contestants from the same pageant said they could not recall Trump in the dressing room and that they doubt he could have been there.

This report comes on the heels of another BuzzFeed report that quoted a contestant in an adult pageant saying Trump entered her dressing room "when we were all naked". The women from the 1997 Miss Teen USA contest were talking to each other in a private Facebook group after reading that report, before contacting BuzzFeed.

"I'll tell you, the funniest is that I'll go backstage before a show and everyone's geting dressed...No men are anywhere, and I'm allowed to go in because I'm the owner of the pageant and therefore I'm inspecting it...'Is everyone OK?' You know, they're standing there with no clothes...and you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that."
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BuzzFeed reached out to 49 of the 51 contestants and managed to get in touch with 15, none of whom accused Trump of saying anything sexually inappropriate or of making physical contact in the dressing room.

But Mr Trump's treatment of women has come under intense scrutiny since the release of a 2005 tape wherein Trump bragged about grabbing women "by the pu**y", and admitted he "did try and f*ck" a married woman, at a time while he himself was newly married. He dismissed the tape of him describing his actions as "locker room talk" during the presidential debate, and also before it. 

 

Trump owned three major American beauty pageants, from 1996 until last year. He has publicly bragged about being able to enter women's changerooms in 1995, when he spoke to the famous radio personality Howard Stern:

"I'll tell you, the funniest is that I'll go backstage before a show and everyone's geting dressed...No men are anywhere, and I'm allowed to go in because I'm the owner of the pageant and therefore I'm inspecting it...'Is everyone OK?' You know, they're standing there with no clothes...and you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that."

BuzzFeed's report about Miss Teen USA is the first to involve him walking into dressing rooms with females inside as young as 14 years of age, up to 19.

CBS has spoken to a few other contestants from other pageants whose charges are similar to the BuzzFeed report.

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The 11 Miss Teen USA contestants from the BuzzFeed report who doubted Mariah Billado's retelling cite the presence of chaperones, and say the room was secure, and that the town would have been lit up by gossip if Trump had really been in there. 

One of the women who asked to remain anoymous was 17 at the time, and says, "You're a teenager, you're intimidated: it's Donald Trump, he runs the pageant".

Billado said she doesn't support Trump or Clinton. She said that she believes Trump's entry was "more of a pompous 'I own this place' rather than something perverted".

Ivanka Trump was known to chat with the girls, many of whom remember her fondly. Billado said she told Ivanka that her father entered the dressing room, to which she remembers her responding, "Yeah, he does that".

Neither the Trump campaign nor the Trump Organization responded to BuzzFeed's request for comment.

Along these same lines, the New York Times published an article Wednesday in which one woman alleges that in the early '80s Mr Trump grabbed her breast and tried to put his hand up her skirt, while a second claims Trump kissed her on the mouth in 2005. A Trump spokesman said "this entire article is fiction", while Mr Trump himself, in an angry phone call to the Times, denied the charges and threatened to sue. 

Meanwhile, The Independent reported on Tuesday that a federal judge has ordered a status conference hearing after a woman filed a lawsuit that Donald Trump raped her when she was only 13-years-old. A witness, identified as Tiffany Doe, alleges she saw Trump and billionaire-paedophile Jeffrey Epstein repeatedly rape the plaintiff.

Trump's lawyer has repeatedly denied these allegations.

(WION)

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