NBC “Today” host Megyn Kelly interviewed three of President Donald Trump’s sexual assault and harassment accusers on Monday.
Kelly interviewed Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey, and Rachel Crooks, who publicly accused Trump of sexual misconduct last year before he ultimately won the election anyway.
The interview came before a news conference where the women called on Congress to investigate their allegations.
Crooks, who worked at a company that was based in Trump Tower, says Trump forcibly kissed her outside of an elevator in 2005.
“He shook my hand and he kind of gave me the normal double cheek kiss but then he held onto my hand and he kept kissing me,” Crooks said. “He kept asking me maybe a question, ‘where you from?’ Kissing me again, and again. It was right outside the elevators, right outside my office. I don’t know how many times back and forth, multiple, and then he kissed me on the lips. It happened so fast.”
“The things that happened to us span decades, states,” she told Kelly, adding that all of the accusations against Trump are “eerily similar.”
Crooks said she was a 22-year-old receptionist at a real estate firm at the time. She worried she would lose her job if she told anyone about the incident.
“I was uncomfortable because he was someone I saw regularly, and I knew he was a partner of the organization I worked for,” she said.
Holvey, who competed as Miss North Carolina in the 2006 Miss USA pageant, said that Trump “personally inspected each woman” at the contest.
She said she felt like a “piece of meat” who was only “there for his pleasure.”
She said it was “something I had dreamed and worked so hard for, and I had just turned 20 years old, and I just felt so gross.”
“That’s not what I had signed up for,” she added.
Leeds, whose allegations predate all the others, said last year that Trump groped her breasts and tried to put his hands up her skirt during a flight to New York City over 30 years ago.
“They served a meal and after the meal was cleared, all of a sudden he was all over me,” Leeds said Monday. “Kissing and groping and groping and kissing. And believe me my memory of it was that nothing was said…it was just this silent groping going on.”
Leeds told Kelly that she saw Trump at an event in New York several years after the incident and he called her the c-word.
She told Kelly she came forward because she “wanted people to know who he is.”
Holvey explained that it was “heartbreaking” to see Trump win the election last year despite the mounting allegations by more than a dozen women.
“We’re private citizens, and for us to put ourselves out there to try and show America who this man is and especially how he views women, and for them to say ‘meh, we don’t care,’ it hurts,” Holvey said. “And so now it’s just like alright, let’s try round two. The environment’s different. Let’s try again.”
The White House issued a statement ahead of the interview attacking the allegations as “false claims.”
The White House said that “timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes” and dismissed the allegations because the American people “voiced their judgment” by electing Trump.
Watch the interview below: