Who are Trump accusers Jessica Leeds and Natasha Stoynoff?

Jessica Leeds and Natasha Stoynoff

Jessica Leeds was interviewed by CNN and Natasha Stoynoff was interviewed by People Magazine on ABC’s Nightline (Screenshots via YouTube)

In the same decision that allowed a jury to view the infamous “Access Hollywood” video, a federal judge cleared two more women who accused former President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct to appear in the lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll to testify against him.

Senior US District Judge Lewis Kaplan said the allegations made by businesswoman Jessica Leeds and People magazine author Natasha Stoynoff were too similar to Carroll’s to ignore.

“Mr Trump’s attempt to downplay the similarity between his alleged actions in relation to Ms Leeds and Ms Stoynoff on the one hand and Ms Carroll on the other is not very convincing,” the judge wrote in a 23-page opinion on Friday. “The alleged acts are far more similar than different in essential respects. The alleged victim in each case alleges that Mr. Trump suddenly sexually assaulted them. In the cases of Ms. Carroll and Ms. Stoynoff, he allegedly did so at a location after closing a door behind him, which gave him privacy. In all three cases he is said to have done so without consent.”

Carroll claims Trump raped her in the fitting room of a Bergdorf Goodman store in the mid-1990s. She and the former president are preparing for April’s trial, which the presiding judge said would amount to a “he said, she said” case.

“There will be no physical evidence to support either side in the trial,” Kaplan noted, adding that the credibility of Trump’s accusers will weigh heavily on the trial.

At least 26 women have accused Trump of some form of sexual misconduct.

With a high-profile showdown in federal court shedding light on three of those cases, Law&Crime breaks down Leeds and Stoynoff’s allegations – and how they may affect them Carroll vs Trump court hearing.

1. The women’s allegations against Trump span more than a quarter century.

The Access Hollywood tape almost ended Trump’s career when he boasted to Billy Bush about grabbing women “by the chest.” Both women allege that Trump practiced what he preached in the video in alleged incidents decades apart.

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Donald Trump and Billy Bush step off the bus in “Access Hollywood” video. (Screenshot via NBC)

Leeds claims she sat next to Trump in a first-class seat on a flight from Texas to New York in 1979. My boobs, pulls me to him, pulls to me.”

“As he started to put his hand up my skirt, I realized that no one was going to save me but me, and I was in the hallway, I managed to roll out of the chair and grabbed my purse, and I went back to my back seat,” Leeds said in a statement.

At a fundraiser for the Humane Society of New York at Saks Fifth Avenue some time later, Leeds said she was handing out seat assignments as Trump and his wife approached.

“I remember you. You’re that C— from the plane,” Trump scoffed, according to her statement.

https://lawandcrime.com/live-trials/e-jean-carroll-rape-suit/what-to-know-about-2-other-donald-trump-accusers-allowed-to-testify-at-e-jean-carroll-rape-trial/ Who are Trump accusers Jessica Leeds and Natasha Stoynoff?

Brian Ashcraft

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