A new documentary short film compiled the many allegations of sexual assault and misconduct by President Donald Trump in a damning example of powerful men escaping any consequences for their vile actions.
Though many voters decided to ignore the 16 accusations of sexual assault and harassment during the election, the accusations take on even more meaning as society has apparently decided enough is enough.
We’ve watched accusers come forward to reveal horrific behavior by producers like Harvey Weinstein and Brett Ratner, actors like Kevin Spacey, comedians like Louis CK, and journalists like Mark Halperin. Unlike years past, these accusers were finally actually believed and all of the men listed above have suffered some form of career ruination after decades of avoiding any repercussions for their behavior.
Brave New Films founder Robert Greenwald hopes the “incredibly powerful, and damning” documentary short will allow people to see the many allegations against Trump in a new light given the current circumstances.
“As a society, we are finally beginning to hold powerful men to account for abusing their positions and influence to harass and abuse women. But this movement for accountability will ring hollow if it doesn’t apply to the most powerful, and public, sexual harasser in America—the president,” Greenwald said in a statement.
“In the post-Harvey Weinstein (or Roy Moore, Louis C.K., etc.) world we live in, we cannot ignore 16 women who over the course of decades in a broad range of situations encountered the same pattern of manipulation, misogyny, harassment and abuse,” he added. “We owe it to these women, and to all women, to hold President Trump to account.”
The video includes Cathy Heller’s accusation that Trump “took my hand, and grabbed me, and went for the lips.”
“He groped me, he absolutely groped me,” Jill Harth says in the video. “He just slipped his hand in there. Touching my private parts.”
“He turned to me and embraced me and gave me a kiss on the lips,” says Temple Taggart.
“He continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room,” Cassandra Searles says.
“It was a real shock when all of a sudden his hands were all over me,” said Jessica Leeds, adding that Trump put his hand up her skirt.
Kristin Anderson made a similar accusation, saying Trump put his “hand up my skirt.”
“He did touch my vagina through my underwear,” she says.
“His hand touched the right inside of my breast,” Karena Virginia said. “I felt intimidated and I felt powerless.”
“He came to me and started kissing me open-mouthed,” said Summer Zervos. “He then grabbed my shoulder and he began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hands on my breast.”
Multiple other women detailed how Trump, who ran the Miss Universe pageant, would stroll into the dressing room where young women were topless or completely nude.
At a time when accusers are finally being taken seriously and powerful men are no longer immune to consequences for their predatory actions, the allegations by these women – none of whom have pursued any sort of financial payment – are worth hearing again: