Several of the 16 women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct spoke out again on Megyn Kelly Today and at a press conference on Monday, calling on Congress to investigate their allegations, The Washington Post reports. "Let's try round two," said Samantha Holvey, who claimed in October of last year that Trump inappropriately inspected women who participated in his beauty pageants.
“For us to put ourselves out there to try to show America who this man is and especially how he views women and for them to say ‘Eh, we don’t care,’ it hurt. Trump accuser Samantha Holvey on @MegynTODAY pic.twitter.com/BIWZCYlQzA
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Holvey called it "heartbreaking" to have gone public with her story "and nobody cared." Jessica Leeds, who says Trump groped her on an airplane, added that "none of us want this attention ... but this is important, so when asked, we speak out."
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told CBS on Sunday that Trump's accusers "should be heard." Trump has vehemently denied the allegations. In a statement Monday, the White House said: "These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year's campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory." Jeva Lange
The New York Police Department reported Monday morning that there was an explosion in the subway station below the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan during the morning commute. Law enforcement officials who spoke with The Associated Press say the explosion, which occurred around 7:20 a.m. ET, was caused by the detonation of "a pipe bomb strapped to a man."
NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said the suspect, Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old male, is in custody. Ullah was wearing "an improvised, low-tech explosive device attached to his body," O'Neill said. "He intentionally detonated that device." Four people were injured in the blast, including Ullah. None of the injuries are life-threatening.
The NYPD responded by evacuating the A, C, and E subway lines and shutting down trains traveling through the nearby transportation hub at Times Square. By 9:50 a.m. ET Monday morning, the system was largely back up and running, though most trains are still bypassing the affected area.
"This was an attempted terrorist attack," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The Port Authority bus station sees 250,000 travelers and commuters pass through it every day, the New York Daily News reports. Jeva Lange
This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout.
In a story published Monday, four women told Eater NY that they had been sexually harassed by celebrity chef Mario Batali. Three of the women had previously worked for Batali, while the fourth was never his employee but works in the restaurant industry.
The women all described instances in which Batali touched them inappropriately; one alleged the chef "compelled her to straddle him," Eater NY wrote, while two described Batali groping their breasts. Another said Batali repeated grabbed her from behind, "like a disgusting bear hug," often while they were in close quarters in the back of a restaurant in Manhattan's West Village.
In a statement, Batali did not deny the allegations, saying "much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses." He said he would "step away from the day-to-day operations" of his business, whose enterprises include the Eataly restaurants, in order to "try to regain the trust of those I have hurt and disappointed."
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) asked two of his female staffers to be "surrogates" for him and his wife, and was unclear about the requests so as to lead the women to wonder whether he was suggesting that he wanted to have sex with them in order to impregnate them, Politico reported Friday. Franks, 60, has twins that were born via surrogate and reportedly was not clear "whether he was asking about impregnating the women through sexual intercourse or in vitro fertilization," Politico adds. Franks allegedly offered one woman $5 million to act as his surrogate, The Associated Press reports, and repeated the request multiple times when she did not immediately accept.
That was not the only odd story to come out of Franks' office, either:
A former staffer also alleged that Franks tried to persuade a female aide that they were in love by having her read an article that described how a person knows they're in love with someone, the sources said. One woman believed she was the subject of retribution after rebuffing Franks. While she enjoyed access to the congressman before the incident, that access was revoked afterward, she told Republican leaders. [Politico]
After reports Thursday that Franks sought a surrogate among his staff, the eight-term congressman said he would resign early next year. "I have recently learned that the Ethics Committee is reviewing an inquiry regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable," Franks said in a statement. "I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress." On Friday, he abruptly announced he would be resigning today instead, noting that his wife had been admitted to the hospital; the immediacy of his resignation was reportedly spurred by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Jeva Lange
The Los Angeles Angels signed 23-year-old Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani on Friday, putting an end to an intense Major League Baseball-wide pursuit of the dual pitcher and outfielder. Ohtani's agent explained to Yahoo Sports that "while there has been much speculation about what would drive Shohei's decision, what mattered to him most wasn't market size, time zone, or league but that he felt a true bond with the Angels."
By joining the Angels, Ohtani rejected offers of more than $1 million from the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins, and Seattle Mariners. He also joins a team that already has one of the best players in the league — although it appears there is always room for more. Jeva Lange
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A woman who accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of assaulting her when she was a teenager admitted Friday that she added "notes" to his inscription in her yearbook, which she had used as proof of her allegations. Beverly Young Nelson confirmed to Good Morning America that she made "notes to the inscription, but the message was all Roy Moore."
Beverly Young Nelson, one of the women accusing GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, tells @GMA it “sickens” her to think what might happen if Moore is elected. https://t.co/wuEGWr0kng pic.twitter.com/lcp5OY4x3A
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 8, 2017
The message, which Moore has denied is in his handwriting, reads: "To a sweeter, more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, D.A."
Nelson and her attorney, Gloria Allred, are holding a news conference later Friday to "present evidence that we think is important on the issue whether Roy Moore signed the yearbook," Allred said. Jeva Lange
Muslims around the world took to the streets after midday prayers on Friday to protest President Trump's decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. America's decision is highly controversial because Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as their future capital, and the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem comes across as taking Israel's side in the conflict and ruining the possibility of a two-state solution.
Protests were as widespread as Jordan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Indonesia, although the heart of the demonstrations took place across the West Bank. "In several cities and towns, angry protesters hurled stones at Israeli troops who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets," The Associated Press reports. "Smoke rose over Bethlehem."
WATCH: Security on high alert in Jerusalem amidst violent protests following President Trump’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital pic.twitter.com/KIsInXDvoc
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 8, 2017
The leaders of several militant groups have called for violence in the wake of Trump's decision. Hamas declared Friday a "day of rage" and demanded an uprising against Israel, while al Qaeda insisted followers target United States institutions worldwide. The State Department has already issued warnings to embassies around the globe.
Many religious leaders have condemned the Trump administration's decision as well. Pope Francis expressed concern about recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu, an anti-apartheid activist and the former Archbishop of Cape Town, issued a rare statement in the wake of Trump's decision. "God is weeping," Tutu said. Jeva Lange
Republican Rep. Trent Franks (Ariz.) announced Thursday night he will resign from office, with his last day Jan. 31, 2018.
"I have recently learned that the Ethics Committee is reviewing an inquiry regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable," Franks said in a statement. "I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress." Three Republicans who spoke to The Washington Post said Franks asked the staffers if they would serve as surrogates for Franks and his wife. The couple has two children, twins, who were born via surrogate.
First elected in 2002, Franks served eight terms, and recently announced he was going to run for re-election. He is an evangelical Christian, has written anti-abortion legislation, and is a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus. Franks is the third lawmaker this week to resign, following Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). Catherine Garcia