Teen Beauty Queens Say Donald Trump Walked in on Them Changing When They Were as Young as 15
Former Miss Teen USA contestants say Trump walked in where contestants as young as 15 were dressing
Mariah Billado, the former Miss Vermont Teen USA, tells Buzzfeed that the now 70-year-old Republican presidential candidate caused a panic in the dressing room of the 1997 pageant when he barged in unannounced as the young women were changing.
However, she says Trump shrugged off the intrusion, saying something along the lines of: “Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before.”
Three other former teen beauty queens, who wished to remain anonymous, corroborated Billado’s account. They recalled the girls hurrying to cover themselves, with one calling Trump’s behavior “shocking” and “creepy.”
Buzzfeed also contacted eleven other contestants from the same pageant who had no recollection of Trump entering the dressing room.
Donald Trump’s campaign has not responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
The new accusations echo previous comments made by the business mogul during a 2005 interview with Howard Stern, in which Trump revealed he would go backstage while Miss Universe contestants were changing.
“Well, I’ll tell you the funniest is that before a show, I’ll go backstage and everyone’s getting dressed, and everything else, and you know, 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,” Trump said. “You know, I’m inspecting because I want to make sure that everything is good.”
Trump has come under fire throughout his campaign for his attacks on women. The GOP nominee responded to Hillary Clinton‘s comments in the first presidential debate that he called women “pigs, slobs and dogs” — and that he body-shamed former Miss Universe Alicia Machado— with essentially more of the same. During the debate, he shot back that Rosie O’Donnell — whom he previously called a “fat pig” — “deserved it,” and in the days following he renewed his attacks on Machado’s appearance, saying on Fox and Friends that she “gained a massive amount of weight.”