UPDATE 10/27/20, 4:10pm ET: During an interview with HollywoodLife Claudia Jordan detailed the two times Donald Trump, 74, was allegedly inappropriate with her.
The first incident she claimed happened shortly after the 2007 screening of the Celebrity Apprentice finale at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
On that occasion the former Deal Or No Deal model alleged that the future president tried to get her to make out with her best friend in front of him.
“I didn’t know what he was doing at the time,” she said in the video above. “I felt like…he was trying to bring us all together towards his face or her face. And I go, ‘I am not going to kiss my friend or you.’ And I ran out of the room.”
The second occasion Claudia claimed happened years later while she was alone with Trump at his Beverly Hills residence when, after taking her on a tour of his house, he allegedly moved in to try to kiss her. “And then I turned around, he was right there in my face and he just went like that,” she said, mimicking an attempted kiss.
HollywoodLife reached out to the White House, but they declined to comment on Jordan’s account. Watch Claudia’s interview with HL in full, above.
ORIGINAL: Claudia Jordan, a former contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice, spilled the tea about her past encounters with Donald Trump, and it’s not a good look for the president. But, what else is new? During an appearance on the podcast Behind The Velvet Rope With David Yontef this week, Claudia alleged that Trump tried to kiss her on not one, but two occasions while he was married to First Lady Melania Trump. And it’s something that Claudia, 47, alleges she shut down, fast. HollywoodLife reached out to the White House for comment.
“Oh, before I got ‘Apprentice’, we were just like the year or the year leading up to the show. He was trying it a little bit, you know, he would kind of do it … He tried to kiss me one time, twice,” the reality star said, recalling, “And I had to remind him that he was married. That was like, ‘You are not putting that tongue in my mouth. This is not going to happen. Absolutely not.’“
Despite not mentioning the exact time of the alleged encounter, Claudia noted that Trump, 74, was already married to Melania, 50, at the time. “Yeah. I mean, everyone knows he cheats on her,” she claimed about the First Lady. “And so does she, that’s why her bracelets and diamonds are so big.”
Claudia continued, “I know he did like me as a person. I know he floated and he did try to kiss me twice, but I wasn’t gonna go along with that. And you know, he tried me a couple times, but I was still able to, like I said, curve, which a lot of women, we shouldn’t have to have the skill, but a lot of us do have that skill. We have to like navigate where, okay, it wasn’t sexual assault,” she clarified. “I’m not going to say that, but you are trying it and you are a married man. And let me remind you, you are married to Melania and I’m not her. So you can put your little orange lips on your wife and we can do business but you are gonna be over there.”
During the same interview, Claudia also discussed how Trump “favors” his eldest daughter Ivanka, 38, over “his own wife.” She added that she thinks “Tiffany [Trump, the president’s 27-year-old daughter] is the most neglected of all the daughters.”
Claudia appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2009, and again in 2013, during the show’s All-Star edition. Additionally, she was hired to co-host the 2009 Miss Universe pageant alongside Billy Bush. The pageant was owned by Trump at the time. He later sold the Miss Universe Organization in 2015. As for Trump, he produced, starred in and hosted The Apprentice shows (not all at once) in the early-mid 2000s.
Claudia’s claims add to the long list of women — at least 26 — who’ve accused Donald Trump of sexual assault since the 1970s, according to Business Insider. Multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual assault against the president after the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape was exposed in October 2016. In the disturbing tape, Trump can be heard gloating about grabbing women’s private parts in 2005. While a number of women had accused Trump of sexual assault beforehand, the tape’s release led to an outpouring of other accusers. As expected, Trump called “every woman” that came forward in 2016, a “liar,” and promised to sue each accuser.
Trump is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with journalist E. Jean Carroll after she accused the president in 2019, of sexually assaulting her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 24 years ago. She first accused Trump of sexual assault in her book, What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal. Carroll’s accusation was first published in New York magazine (June 24-July 7, 2019 issue) ahead of her book’s release. At the time, Trump denied Carroll’s assault accusation, which led to her suing him for defamation after he called her a “liar.”
In February 2020, Carroll announced on Twitter that she had been fired from Elle magazine, where she had worked for decades. In the same tweet, she alleged that her firing stemmed from her legal war with the president. Carroll was a well known columnist at Elle, which ran her popular “Ask E. Jean” column since 1993. The latest news involving Carroll’s lawsuit came in August 2020, when the US Justice Department requested to take over as Trump’s defense team — via, CNN.