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Ninni Laaksonen: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Ninni Laaksonen has become the twelfth woman to come forward and accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault, with two weeks to go until the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Here’s more about Laaksonen, and her claim against the GOP nominee.


1. Laaksonen Was Miss Finland 2006

Laaksonen, who is now 30, competed in Miss Universe 2006 and represented her home country of Finland in the beauty pageant. Laaksonen is currently self-employed as the owner of Ninnin Lifestyle & Living.

Trump owned the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageant from 1996 until last year.

Several contestants who competed in the Miss USA and Miss USA Teen organization claim Trump walked into their dressing rooms as they were changing.

On an April 11, 2005, Howard Stern show, Trump bragged about going backstage before the competition.

“I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else,” he said. “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.”

Stern responded, “You’re like a doctor.”

Trump followed up by saying, “Is everyone OK? You know they’re standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that.”


2. Laaksonen Claims Trump Groped Her Before a TV Appearance

According to the Daily Beast, a local Finnish newspaper reported that Laaksonen claims Trump groped her before they appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” At the time, Laaksonen was making appearances in New York with other Miss Universe titleholders.

Laaksonen alleges the incident occurred when she took a photo with Trump and the three other contestants outside of the studio.

“Trump stood right next to me and suddenly he squeezed my butt. He really grabbed my butt,” she said, according to the report. “I don’t think anybody saw it but I flinched and thought: ‘What is happening?’”

During the Letterman appearance, Trump said “it’s the first time in my life I’ve ever made money with beautiful women.”

He told Letterman he bought the Miss Universe pageant for $10 million, even though he said the organization was asking for $29 million.


3. Laaksonen Attended Parties at Trump’s Home

According to The Telegraph, Laaksonen said she also attended Trump’s house parties with the other contestants and Trump’s wife, Melania, who he married in 2005.

“Somebody told me there that Trump liked me because I looked like Melania when she was younger,” she said.

“It left me disgusted.”


4. She Becomes the 12th Woman to Accuse Trump of Sexual Assault

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Laaksonen is the twelfth woman to accuse the real estate mogul of unwanted sexual advances.

The flood of allegations began on Oct. 13, following the leak of a tape in which Trump bragged about being able to grope women because of his celebrity status.

Jessica Leeds, who is now 74, accused him of being “like an octopus” with his hands all over her in an article published by the New York Times. Leeds said Trump groped her when they sat next to each other on a flight in the 1980s.

A reporter for People magazine, Natasha Stoynoff, had a similar account. Stoynoff said she was interviewing Trump and Melania about their first wedding anniversary at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Stoynoff said she remembered Trump “pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.”

“It’s possible he just doesn’t remember it,” Stoynoff told People. “It was over 10 years ago and I assume I am one of many, many women.”

Summer Zervos, a former candidate on The Apprentice, came out with a story of how Trump greeted her with an “open-mouthed” kiss and placed his hand on her breast at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.


5. Trump Has Claimed All of the Allegations are False

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Although Trump has not responded yet to Laakonsen’s account, he has claimed the other allegations are false. Additionally, he has said they are part of Hillary Clinton’s plan to defeat him.

Trump directly addressed Stoynoff’s allegations, implying she was not attractive enough for her story to be true.

“Take a look, you take a look. Look at her, look at her words. You tell me, what you think. I don’t think so — I don’t think so,” Trump said about Stoynoff.

“I was obviously good-looking enough for him at the time to force-kiss me and insist that we were going to have an affair,” Stoynoff told People.

Trump vowed to take legal action against the numerous women who have leveled accusations against him.

“Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” Trump said during a campaign stop in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania this month. “Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”

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12 comments

    • I wonder how much the corrupt Clinton campaign paid her to come out and accuse Mr. Trump of this. My husband and I just said “Watch!…Another accuser will come out because WikiLeaks came out with some more emails showing the corruption of the Clintons.” It only took a few hours! We don’t believe them!

      • Cherie, Those wiki leaks don’t show any corruption. they show that people were concerned about the optics of certain donations. that’s not quite ‘caught red-handed’.

    • Because, like so many women before her who were sexually assaulted, she likely figured that no one would believe her or worse, that she would be made the villain by people like you who don’t want to hear bad things about Trump. In this case, many of the women have said they felt like suddenly, maybe, someone would finally believe her. She suddenly realized that she wasn’t alone, it wasn’t just her word against his, she had support. It’s actually very common in sexual assaults for the woman to fear coming forward so much that they remain silent for years. Look at Bill Cosby. it seems the same thing was happening there. Women figuring no one would believe them for years. Interesting how his career was ruined but Trump supporters instead are trashing all the women. I wonder if it’s a color thing? was Bill also “innocent” and merely a victim of some vast conspiracy?

  1. So 12 woman who mysteriously “remember” they were groped by Trump 10 years ago happen to come forward 30 days before the election and thats a “FLOOD” of accusations. MEANWHILE: Daily Wikileaks emails showing massive Clinton foundation corruption get zero press here. #PaidShills.

    • Those women didn’t mysteriously ‘remember’. they have likely been haunted by it for years but believed that they would be vilified by people if they came forward with the information. Fear of people like you will keep many people silent. On, and have you honestly read all those WikiLeaks? there is actually no smoking gun in them. Just a few items where one or another member are wondering about how certain things might look to the outside world. That’s hardly a smoking gun indicating corruption. We all have thoughts and/or discussions about things like that. Should I wear this? what if I say that to someone? will they misunderstand? will I get in trouble.

  2. This woman did not come forward. A newspaper asked her a question and she answered it. If you don’t believe that he’s a serial assaulter, because he thinks he can get away with it because he’s entitled and rich, that’s a YOU problem at this point. He admitted it on tape.

  3. I don’t believe any of these women, if any had had one single ounce of integrity they would have hit him right there on the spot. All sad women with fading looks looking to call attention to themselves

    • Being afraid to stand up to a bully when he assaults you isn’t a lack of “integrity.”
      It’s a combination of fear, confusion, and the brain’s flight/fight/freeze response. If you haven’t been in the situation, you don’t know what you’d do. And that’s a pretty sweeping, negative statement about women; of course, you might be basing that on Trump being a sad man with long-since-faded looks who is addicted to calling attention to himself.

  4. Either he lied when he bragged about doing the very thing he is being accused of or he’s now lying with his denial. Which is it?

  5. Don’t forget Trump’s fate on Dec. 16 about allegation related to his violent rape of a 13-year-old has yet to be resolved. The chickens are coming home to roost one by one.