Three women who have accused President Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual behavior are trying again to bring their stories to the public's attention. This time, in light of the current sociopolitical climate surrounding sexual misconduct, they are hoping Trump will be unable to get away with tarnishing them as liars and an investigation will take place.
The women sat down with NBC News' Megyn Kelly on Monday to share their experiences.
"It was heartbreaking last year," Samantha Holvey told NBC News host Megyn Kelly on Monday. Holvey who represented North Carolina at the 2006 Miss USA pageant has said that Trump would come and personally inspect her and the other contestants before the competition.
"We're private citizens, and for us to put ourselves out there to try and show America who this man is and especially how he views women, and for them to say 'meh, we don't care,' it hurts," Holvey said. "And so now it's just like alright, let's try round two. The environment's different. Let's try again."
Trump has consistently denied ever having acted inappropriate with women and repeatedly denounced the women who have come forward as liars.
Holvey, Jessica Leeds, and Rachel Crooks, who appeared together on Kelly's show, are three of at least 16 who have accused Trump of sexual harassment dating back three decades, with allegations that range from groping and unwanted kissing to making lewd propositions.
The White House again described the claims as false in a statement to Kelly, adding,
"The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them."
Following Kelly's show, all three women appeared with Brave New Films for a live-streamed press conference, during which time they shared their stories again and planned to call on Congress to investigate accusations against the president.
"The women will share their firsthand accounts of President Trump groping, fondling, forcibly kissing, humiliating and harassing women. They are among the at least sixteen women who have come forward to accuse the president of sexual misconduct," the film company said in the release. "Their disturbing allegations came to light before the post-Weinstein era of accountability for sexual misconduct and the rise of the #MeToo movement."