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Miss USA Contestant Says Trump Barged in on Her in Dressing Room

HeadlineOct 13, 2016

Meanwhile, a former Miss USA beauty pageant contestant has told The Guardian Donald Trump walked in on her and a fellow contestant as the two were getting dressed during the pageant in 2001. She says she was changing when she heard a security officer tell someone outside the room that people were naked in the dressing room. She says Trump then “walked in, he stood and he stared. He was doing it because he knew that he could.” Donald Trump owned the Miss USA pageant at the time. Four years later, Trump boasted of walking in on beauty pageant contestants during an interview with “The Howard Stern Show.”

Donald Trump: “I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready 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. You know, I’m inspecting. I want to make sure that everything is good. Yeah, the dresses. 'Is everyone OK?' You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. 'Is everybody OK?' And you see these incredible-looking women. And so, I sort of get away with things like that.”

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