Rachel Crooks

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  • Trump’s claim during the second presidential debate that he had never publicly groped women without their consent (as he had been caught on tape boasting of), prompted Rachel Crooks to come forward with an account of being forcibly kissed by Trump in an elevator. “Mr. Trump's claim that his crude words had never turned into actions was similarly infuriating to a woman watching on Sunday night in Ohio: Rachel Crooks. Ms. Crooks was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate investment and development company in Trump Tower in Manhattan, when she encountered Mr. Trump outside an elevator in the building one morning in 2005. Aware that her company did business with Mr. Trump, she turned and introduced herself. They shook hands, but Mr. Trump would not let go, she said. Instead, he began kissing her cheeks. Then, she said, he ‘kissed me directly on the mouth.’ It didn't feel like an accident, she said. It felt like a violation. ‘It was so inappropriate,’ Ms. Crooks recalled in an interview. ‘I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.’ Shaken, Ms. Crooks returned to her desk and immediately called her sister, Brianne Webb, in the small town in Ohio where they grew up, and told her what had happened. ‘She was very worked up about it,’ said Ms. Webb, who recalled pressing her sister for details. ‘Being from a town of 1,600 people, being naïve, I was like 'Are you sure he didn't just miss trying to kiss you on the cheek?' She said, 'No, he kissed me on the mouth.' I was like, 'That is not normal.'’” (New York Times, October 13, 2016)