Just when it seemed like Donald Trump may have escaped from the outrage over his crude conversation with Billy Bush, another potential nightmare involving women has surfaced.
BuzzFeed News interviewed four former contestants from the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant, and they claim that Trump came into the dressing room while many underage girls were changing.
According to Mariah Billado, the former Miss Vermont Teen USA, she was very surprised to see the then- pageant owner casually stroll in to the private area:
“I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my God, there’s a man in here!’”
Billado claims that Trump said something along the lines of:
“Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before.”
Three other women spoke out but decided to remain anonymous. Two of them remembered having to cover themselves up during the “shocking” and “creepy” incident.
In all, BuzzFeed attempted to contact 49 of the 51 contestants in the 1997 pageant. Of those, 34 were unreachable or refused to comment.
It should also be noted that none of the 15 women interviewed said that Trump made any physical contact with them or made any inappropriate comments.
A total of 11 women claimed that they did not even see Trump enter the changing room at all.
Former Miss Massachusetts Teen USA told reporters that it was so “secure” that nothing could have happened:
“There were so many chaperones I can’t even fathom…”
Another contestant, former Miss Wisconsin Teen USA Allison Bowman, said that the gossip would have been everywhere if Trump had entered the room:
“These were teenage girls. If anything inappropriate had gone on, the gossip would have flown.”
Finally, Crystal Hughes, Miss Maine Teen USA, thinks the whole thing is about politics:
“There was way too much security. If that was something he did, then everybody would have noticed.
They’re probably lying because they are voting for Hillary Clinton.”
One of the girls who chose to remain anonymous told BuzzFeed that she introduced herself to Trump when he entered the room. She didn’t know who he was, but she knew he owned the pageant.
Trump told Howard Stern back in 2005 that he liked to go backstage during pageants, but there was no mention of Miss Teen USA:
“I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed.”
“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. … ‘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.”
The Trump campaign has yet to comment on the allegations.