Some of the 19 women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, called on Congress, Monday, to investigate their claims, asking elected officials to hold him to the same standards as the many other powerful men who have recently suffered significant fallout from their alleged behavior.
Samantha Holvey, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks shared their alleged experiences with Trump while another accuser, Lisa Boyne, called in by phone to the event at a Manhattan hotel.
Crooks was a 22-year-old receptionist in Trump Tower in 2005 when she was allegedly “forcibly kissed by Mr. Trump on our first introduction” on her cheeks and then her lips, she said.
She called his behavior “serial misconduct and perversion on the part of Mr. Trump” and called for Congress to “put aside their party affiliations and investigate Mr. Trump’s history of sexual misconduct.”
Crooks hopes that “we will hold Mr. Trump to the same standard as Harvey Weinstein and the other men who were held accountable for their reprehensible behavior.”
(In a previous statement to PEOPLE, Weinstein’s lawyers denied all allegations of sexual assault against him, adding, “it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct. There is a wide canyon between mere allegation and truth, and we are confident that any sober calculation of the facts will prove no legal wrongdoing occurred.”)
The event was organized by Brave New Films, a nonprofit organization that created a video of Trump’s accusers sharing their stories.
Jessica Leeds, 75, claimed that Trump tried to kiss her, fondled her breasts and put his hand up her skirt while she sat next to him on a flight to New York.
“All of a sudden this man was all over me, like more arms and legs than I ever saw,” she had previously told PEOPLE. “He was trying to kiss me and he was fondling my breasts and when his hand started up my skirt, I pushed him away, got up and went to a seat in coach.”
It was also the last time Leeds wore a skirt on an airplane, she said today.
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Leeds hopes that the momentum created by the #MeToo movement “will produce enough pressure on Congress to address it more than just for their own members but with the president.”
After the Weinstein story hit, she said, “It became apparent that in some areas the accusations of sexual aggression were being taken seriously and people were being held accountable except for our president.”
Holvey, a contestant in the 2006 Miss USA pageant in NYC who claimed Trump personally inspected each woman “like we were his property” also called for a non-partisan investigation.
“They’ve investigated other congress members, I only think it’s fair he is investigated as well,” she said.. “This is not a partisan issue, this is how women are treated every day.”
The women all agreed that Trump should resign, but don’t think he would.
“I think it is the right thing to do,” Crooks said, “but I would never imagine he is going to do that, so the investigation by congress is the only thing we can ask for.”
Trump’s accusers were not surprised that Trump is endorsing Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, himself accused of sexual misconduct and assault by numerous women. (Moore has denied the allegations.)
“His endorsement of Roy Moore makes perfect sense for him,” said Crooks. “He was able to deny what we said and that got him elected just fine.”
Earlier Monday, Holvey, Leeds and Crooks came together to share their allegations on Megyn Kelly Today.
In response to the allegations, the White House told Today in a statement: “These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign, and the American people voiced their judgement by delivering a decisive victory. 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.”
Trump also previously denied the women’s accounts.
Sunday, Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said that Trump’s accusers “should be heard” and “dealt with.”