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A former Miss Utah is among the women who have reported receiving unwanted romantic or sexual contact from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Temple Taggart, Miss Utah USA 1997, was quoted in a New York Times story from May 14 as describing Trump's kisses during the first Miss USA pageant he supervised as the event's owner.
Taggart described her introduction to Trump:
"He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, 'Oh my God, gross.' He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like 'Wow, that's inappropriate.'"
Taggart reported receiving another unwelcome kiss on the lips when she visited Trump at Trump Tower in New York to discuss her career. Trump wanted the then-21-year-old to lie to modeling agencies about her age and claim she was 17, Taggart said "because in his mind, 21 is too old. I was like, 'No, we're not going to do that.' "
In the Times story, Trump is cited as disputing the unwanted contact, saying he is reluctant to kiss strangers on the lips.
Trump's history of contact with women has come under scrutiny since Friday, when the Washington Post reported on a leaked 2005 video in which Trump can be heard bragging to talk show host Billy Bush that he kisses women and grabs their genitals without consent. In a debate with Hillary Clinton on Sunday night, Trump said he has not behaved in the way he described in the tape, recorded at a TV studio while he was wearing a microphone that was turned on.
Many GOP lawmakers condemned Trump's recorded statements this weekend, and some rescinded their endorsements a revolt led in large part by several high-profile Utah Republicans. Sen. Mike Lee, Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Mia Love, and Gov. Gary Herbert this weekend joined former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox in calling for Trump to withdraw from the race.