“Our first introduction to him (Donald Trump) was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half naked changing into our bikinis,” says former Miss Arizona, Tasha Dixon.
DONALD Trump barged in on Miss Teen USA contestants while they were changing clothes, and engaged in “creepy” dressing room banter with the girls — some as young as 15, according to a report.
At least four women told Buzzfeed that the mogul — who owned the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants from 1996 until last year — nonchalantly strolled into their dressing room during the 1997 pageant.
“I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my God, there’s a man in here!’” former Miss Vermont Teen USA Mariah Billado told the site about the alleged 1997 incident.
Trump, she recalled, responded, saying something like: “Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before.”
Three other women, who asked to remain anonymous, also remembered the future Republican presidential nominee entering their dressing room while the girls were changing.
Two of them said the girls rushed to cover themselves, with one calling it “shocking” and “creepy.”
Bridget Sullivan, who competed as Miss New Hampshire in the 2000 Miss USA pageant, also claimed in an interview with Buzzfeed earlier this year that Trump would walk through the dressing room while women were naked.
She also said that Trump would “hug you just a little low on your back” and give “a squeeze that your creepy uncle would.”
Eleven of the 1997 contestants told BuzzFeed they did not recall seeing Trump in their dressing room. The Trump campaign did not respond to the site.
Allegations about the dressing room intrusion come as Trump’s White House bid was sent reeling by a 2005 video of him boasting of his attempt to “f***” a married woman and claiming that other women let him grab them by the “p****” because he’s a “star.”
He has repeatedly said those comments were simply benign “locker room banter.”
A tape of Trump boasting about invading beauty queen dressing rooms were uncovered by CNN with the billionaire calling it one of the perks of ownership.
“I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed,” Trump told Howard Stern in a 2005 recording released by CNN.
“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. … ‘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.”
The Trump campaign and the Trump Organization did not respond to requests for comment. The Miss Universe Organization, which runs Miss Teen USA, declined to comment.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka served as co-host of the 1997 pageant — his first as owner — when she was 15.
Ms Billado said she told Ivanka Trump at the time that her dad had entered the room while the girls were changing.
“Yeah, he does that,” Ms Billado said Ivanka responded.
“I remember it shocking me,” Ms Billado said. “I barely let anybody except my sister see me getting dressed.”
Tasha Dixon, Miss Arizona in 2001, told CBS 2 Los Angeles that Trump walked into her Miss USA pageant dressing room.
“Our first introduction to him was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half-naked changing into our bikinis,” Ms Dixon said. “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.”
This story originally appeared in The New York Post