2 more women ac­cuse Trump of sex­ual abuse

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LOS AN­GE­LES >> Two more women came for­ward Fri­day to ac­cuse Don­ald Trump of un­wanted sex­ual touch­ing, in­clud­ing a for­mer con­tes­tant from a re­al­ity show that starred the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

The lat­est ac­counts come af­ter sev­eral women re­ported in re­cent days that Trump groped or kissed them with­out their con­sent.

At a cam­paign rally in North Carolina on Fri­day, Trump sought to dis­credit his ac­cusers. He said be­cause there were no wit­nesses to the in­ter­ac­tions, the al­le­ga­tions were not cred­i­ble.

“Right now I am be­ing vi­ciously at­tacked with lies and smears,” Trump said at an out­door am­phithe­ater. “It’s a phony deal. I have no idea who these women are.”

Trump also sug­gested the women who have come for­ward to ac­cuse him were not phys­i­cally at­trac­tive enough to merit his at­ten­tion. “Be­lieve me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you,” he said when speak­ing of one of the women.

Sum­mer Zer­vos, a for­mer con­tes­tant on “The Ap­pren­tice,” said Trump made un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances to­ward her at a Bev­erly Hills ho­tel in 2007, while pho­tog­ra­pher Kristin An­der­son al­leged Trump sex­u­ally as­saulted her in a New York City night­club in the early 1990s.

Zer­vos, 41, ap­peared at a news con­fer­ence Fri­day with Glo­ria Allred, a well­known Los An­ge­les at­tor­ney who has pre­vi­ously rep­re­sented women who have ac­cused celebri­ties of sex­ual mis­con­duct. Zer­vos was a con­tes­tant on “The Ap­pren­tice” in 2006 and said she later con­tacted Trump to in­quire about a job with one of his busi­nesses.

Zer­vos said she had an ini­tial meet­ing with Trump, where he dis­cussed a po­ten­tial job with her. When they parted, he kissed her on the lips and asked for her phone num­ber, she said.

She said weeks later Trump called to in­vite her to meet him at the Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel, where she said she was ex­pect­ing to have din­ner with the New York bil­lion­aire. In­stead, she de­scribed a se­ries of un­wanted kisses and touch­ing by Trump, which she said she re­peat­edly re­jected.

“He tried to kiss me again ... and I said, ‘Dude, you’re trip­ping right now,’ at­tempt­ing to make it clear I was not in­ter­ested,” she said.

Zer­vos said Trump even­tu­ally stopped and be­gan talk­ing as if they were in a job in­ter­view. She said she was later of­fered a low-pay­ing job at a Trump-owned golf course.

At the time, Trump had re­cently mar­ried his third and cur­rent wife, Me­la­nia Trump, and the cou­ple had an in­fant son.

Zer­vos said she is a Repub­li­can and has no political agenda in com­ing for­ward. Allred said her client told her par­ents and oth­ers about the in­ci­dent shortly af­ter it oc­curred.

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