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Former Fox News Anchor Says Trump Once Tried to Kiss Her

The Hollywood Reporter logo The Hollywood Reporter 12/9/2017 Meena Jang
Donald Trump, Juliet Huddy © Getty Images Donald Trump, Juliet Huddy

Former Fox News anchor Juliet Huddy claims President Trump once made a pass at her in an elevator at Trump Tower, then commented on "hitting on her" during her morning show. 

Huddy, now host of a radio program on WABC Radio, revealed during an appearance on Mornin'!!! w/ Bill Schulz that Trump leaned in to kiss her after taking her out to lunch. Huddy claimed the incident took place in 2005-06, around the time Trump married Melania Trump.

"He said goodbye to me in an elevator while his security guy was there. Rather than kiss me on the cheek he leaned in to kiss me on the lips," she recalled. "I wasn't offended, I was kind of like, 'Oh my God.'"

Huddy said she didn't feel "threatened," but called it a "weird moment. He never tried anything after that, and I was never alone with him."

Years later, Trump visited Huddy on her Fox News morning show and made light of his advances, telling the studio audience, "I tried hitting on her, but she blew me off."

"At the time I was not offended by it. I thought he was a single man and leaned in for a kiss," Huddy said. "Now I have matured I think I would say, 'Whoa, no,' but at the time I was younger and I was a little shocked. I thought maybe he didn't mean to do it, but I was kind of making excuses."

Trump's infamous "grab them by the p****" comments to Billy Bush, which were caught on a live mic before a segment on Access Hollywood, occurred during the same years that Huddy is accusing Trump of assault. Trump has since called the validity of the remarks into question, but on Sunday, Bush penned an op-ed in The New York Times stating, "Of course he said it."

More than a dozen women have since accused the president of sexual harassment or assault.

Huddy left Fox News after receiving a settlement from the network following a sexual misconduct complaint filed against host Bill O'Reilly. In October, Huddy's brother John, a Jerusalem-based correspondent for Fox News, was subsequently fired for his alleged involvement in a "physical altercation."

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