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Women who've accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment will be among the marchers in Washington

Former Miss Utah Temple Taggart with attorney Gloria Allred (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)
Former Miss Utah Temple Taggart with attorney Gloria Allred (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles civil rights attorney Gloria Allred on Saturday appeared at a news conference in a downtown Washington, D.C., hotel with four women who have accused President Donald Trump in the past of sexual harassment. The women said they will be participating in the Women's March on Washington.

"All of these women are someone's daughter," Allred said.

The women are:

— Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump earlier this week.

— Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah, who has said she was stunned when Trump kissed her directly on the lips without consent when she was a 21-year-old Miss USA contestant in 1997.

— Jessica Drake, an adult film actress who said Trump offered her $10,000 and the use of a private jet if she went out with him.

— Rachel Crooks, who said she was a 22-year-old receptionist at Trump Tower when Trump kissed her on the mouth outside an elevator when she introduced herself.

Allred said the women had come to D.C. to show that women, including those who have accused the president of sexual harassment, would not back down, even with Trump in the White House.

"Now more than ever, it is time to be brave and time to speak truth to power," she said.

Trump had threatened during the campaign to sue women who had publicly accused him of assault. Allred said such women should not be "bullied, and there should never be a threat which can be interpreted as a message to silence a woman who alleges inappropriate sexual conduct."

Drake said she was "horrified" by the new administration "and fear the consequences it will have, and as a woman who has used the services of Planned Parenthood in my adolescence, I want to use my platform to speak for others who cannot.

"Mr. Trump," she said, "we are watching."

Taggart said she couldn't shake the image of Trump mocking a disabled reporter and "how he has belittled or bullied anyone with differing views, opinions, beliefs or backgrounds."

Taggart, choking up as she spoke, said that she had a disabled brother who committed suicide last month and that she was marching in his honor. She said he left a note begging people to "stop the hate" and "love people unconditionally."

"I hope to share my brother's message that we need to stop the hate and start looking in the inside so we can see that each individual matters and each life is truly priceless," she said.

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