Lisa Boyne accused Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior around women at a dinner in 1996. She told the Huffington Post that Trump and the late modeling agent John Casablancas forced women to walk on the table to leave the dinner. She alleges that the future Republican presidential nominee then looked up models’ skirts at the dinner, but “wasn’t interested in me.”
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Huffington Post that Trump did not recall who Boyne is and “would never do” what Boyne describes.
Here is what you need to know about Boyne.
1. Boyne Claims the Incident Happened in 1996 With ‘Real Housewife’ Sonja Morgan There
In her interview with the Huffington Post, Boyne claims that the incident happened at a dinner in summer 1996, when she was 25 and working at a think-tank. She was living in Manhattan and was friends with Sonja Tremont, who would become famous as Sonja Morgan on Real Housewives of New York.
Boyne claims that Morgan invited her to dinner and picked her up at her apartment with Trump. During the limo ride, Trump was “constantly talking about himself, who he was dating, who he was sleeping with,” she claims. “I just remember feeling very surprised and upset.”
At the restaurant, they met Casablancas and five or six other models. They were seated at a table and Trump and Casablancas sat so that the women could only leave the table if they got up. They refused and, Boyne claims, Trump made them get up onto the table to leave. Trump “stuck his head right underneath their skirts,” she claims, to see if they were wearing underwear or to see their genitalia.
Boyne told the Huffington Post that Trump did not make an advance on her.
“I’m not a model. He wasn’t interested in me,” she said. “He was more interested in my opinion of who I think he should sleep with. I remember that vividly.”
She said that she left early after calling her roommate, telling the men that she wasn’t feeling well.
2. Morgan Confirmed the Dinner Happened, but Denied That Anything Inappropriate Happened
Morgan also spoke with the Huffington Post and told the site that the dinner did happen. She even confirmed that the she and Boyne had dinner with Trump and Casablancas at Raoul’s in SoHo. However, she did not recall Trump doing anything lewd at the event.
“I don’t remember any of that kind of behavior,” Morgan told the Post. “But I have been known to dance on tables.”
The Post also spoke with her roommate, Karen Beatrice, who said that Boyne never called her. Boyne was surprised that Beatrice denied the incident happened. Beatrice said that she also met Trump and said he was “nothing but gracious and charming.”
Morgan does have links to Trump. According to her website bio, she worked with Trump as a luxury brand consultant. The site includes a photo of Morgan with Trump at his wedding to Marla Maples.
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3. Boyne Is the CEO & Founder of a Health Food Business Called YumElish
According to Boyne’s LinkedIn profile, she is a graduate of Fairfield University and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.
Her current position is founder and CEO of YumElish, a brand of all-natural bean dips and gourmet spreads. “Here at YumElish we believe that food doesn’t have to be loaded with salt, sugar or fat to taste good. We think that food that starts with the freshest ingredients and free of preservatives add chemicals simply tastes the best,” the company’s mission statement reads.
Boyne also has a Twitter page, but she is not active. Oddly enough, her most recent activity on the site is retweeting a Donald Trump Jr. tweet.
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4. Donald Trump Has Been Accused by Pageant Contestants of Walking in on Them While They Were Naked
Boyne’s claim is just one of several related to Trump’s behavior around groups of models. Several pageant contestants have accused Trump of walking in on them while they were naked in a dressing room.
“I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here,’” Mariah Billardo, former Miss Vermont Teen USA in 1997, told Buzzfeed. Five models told Buzzfeed that they remembered Trump walking in on them while they were dressing.
Tasha Dixon, who was Miss Arizona in 2001, recalled a similar scene when she spoke to CBS Los Angeles. “He just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Other girls were naked,” Dixon claimed.
Trump himself appeared to confirm stories like these in a 2005 interview with Howard Stern.
“I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else. And you know, no men are anywhere,” Trump told Stern. “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 it. I want to make sure everything is good.”
5. Trump Has Denied Boyne’s Claim & All Other Claims From Women Who Have Come Forward This Week
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Huffington Post, “Mr. Trump never heard of this woman and would never do that,” when asked about Boyne’s claim.
Trump has also threatened to sue the New York Times for its October 12 story, that included claims made by Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks. Mindy McGillivray and Natasha Stoynoff are among the other women who have accused Trump of assault or acting inappropriately around women.
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