- NBC News
- Jessica Leeds was on a flight in the the late 1970s when she claims that Donald Trump, who was seated next to her, started groping her.
- Leeds said she was at a gala in New York three years later when she ran into Trump. She said he recognized her and called her a c—.
A woman said Monday that President Donald Trump called her a “c—” when she saw him three years after he allegedly groped her on an airplane.
Leeds said she was on a flight in the late 1970s when Trump, seated next to her, started groping her.
“All of a sudden he was all over me, kissing and groping,” she said. “Nothing was said … It was just this silent groping going on.”
She added, “When his hands started going up my skirt – I’m not a small person – I managed to wiggle out and stand up, grab my purse, and I went to the back of the airplane.”
Leeds said she was at a gala in New York three years later when she ran into Trump, who recognized her and called her a c—.
“He called me the worst name ever,” she said. “It was shocking. It was like a bucket of cold water being thrown over me.”
Trump has denied Leeds’ accusation.
“People that are willing to say, ‘Oh, I was with Donald Trump in 1980, I was sitting with him on an airplane, and he went after me,'” Trump said at a rally in October 2016. “Believe me, she would not be my first choice.”
Leeds said she decided to go public with her story when Trump announced he was running for president.
“I really wanted people to know who he is,” she said.