presidential candidate sexual predator. Since the revelation of the Access Hollywood tape last week there has been a flurry of hints that there were more revelations to come about incidents where Trump used his celebrity status to engage in inappropriate behavior. Now some of those hints are turning into new reports about Trump’s improper conduct around women.
Buzzfeed News reports that several contestants from the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant are saying Trump walked into their dressing room while some of them were in various states of undress. Some of those contestants were as young as 15. Former Miss Vermont, Mariah Billado, told Buzzfeed,
“I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here.'”
Billado recalls Trump saying something like “Don’t worry ladies, I’ve seen it all before.”
Three other contestants from that year also recall the reality tv star coming into the dressing room as girls were changing. Buzzfeed says that another eleven contestants they contacted don’t recall seeing Trump in the dressing room at all.
But Billado’s story matches that of former Miss USA contestant Tasha Dixon. Dixon, who was Miss Arizona in the 2001 pageant, told CBS Los Angeles,
“Our first introduction to him was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half naked changing into our bikinis. He just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Other girls were naked.”
The CBS report says that Trump apparently confirmed the stories in an interview with Howard Stern from 2005:
Trump: “I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else. And you know, 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. You know I’m inspecting it. I want to make sure everything is good.”
Stern: “You’re like a doctor.”
Trump: “Is everyone OK? You know they’re standing there with no clothes. Is everybody OK? And you see these incredible looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that.”
Dixon thinks Trump owned the pageant for the express purpose of being able to put himself in situations where he would be around semi-clothed young women.
“I’m telling you Donald Trump owned the pageant for the reasons to utilize his power to get around beautiful women. Who do you complain to? He owns the pageant. There’s no one to complain to. Everyone there works for him.”
Dixon added that being an Arizonan, she is somewhat conservative politically. “But I like to choose what’s right,” she said.
Here’s what Dixon had to say, via CBS Los Angeles:
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