The morals of Donald J. Trump were developed during a time when young girls were used as a sort of payment between men doing business with one another. Donald loved models so he got himself a modelling agency.
It’s not a time that Trump, who once exploded the phones of gossip reporters’ to tell them about his own sexual exploits, real and imagined, is excited to remember now. But earlier this year after an article about the parties he hosted in the 1990s with “his wealthy friends, high-rollers from his Atlantic City casinos, and potential Trump condominium buyers could meet models” from second-tier agencies, several men who attended those parties at the Plaza Hotel appeared to be more than willing to share scandalous specifics about Trump’s presence and behavior at events where illegal drugs and young women were passed around like candy and used.
Trump’s assistant denied a request for comment about the men’s claims, detailed below, to his campaign, which didn’t respond to several inquiries.
Trump has been covered since 1985, starting with The New York Times’ women’s pages. He endorsed books about real estate, and was a character in more of them. He talked about sex and substances and the substance of the arena in which he made his name, real estate. In 1999, he said that in 1995 he’d been worth about negative $900 million. No one thought to ask for his tax returns.
A book about the modeling industry was written with stories about Trump but he really wasn’t that important in it, just another rich guy buying a ‘date farm’, maybe for his friends, or perhaps for himself. This wasn’t judgmental, just how things were. (Leonardo DiCaprio, at the height of his “Pussy Posse” fame, thanked Trump for offering “one-stop date-shopping.”)
Now, those stories seem to matter more, and in recent days two Trump pals, both unenthusiastic to talk about the man they once partied hard with who’s now the Republican nominee to be president of the United States. In that capacity, Trump has vowed to sue people who have come forward in recent weeks with allegations about his bad behavior.
One of the two men, a fashion photographer, requested anonymity because he has fathered several children since his Trump days and doesn’t want his past dredged up. “There’s no upside for me,” he says.
Both confirmed that Trump, used to host parties in suites at the Plaza Hotel when he owned it, where young women and girls were introduced to older, richer men. This is hardly deviant behavior in the modeling business. Indeed, it is standard operating procedure.
But both men also put Donald Trump in the room with cocaine, very young women, even underaged girls, and rich, old men.
The photographer says he attended Trump’s parties with one of the owners of the hair salon, Pierre Michel, that operated in both the Plaza and Trump Tower. The salon owner, Pierre Ouaknine, says his memories of those Plaza parties vanished after a recent surgery. But the photographer’s memories are crystal clear. Trump would take over “suites on the corners” of his hotel with views of Central Park and Grand Army Plaza, not to mention lots to look at inside, and wow his guests.
The attraction for the men “was young girls assuming they’d get somewhere” by joining the party, the photographer says, “Of course, it never happens.”
Young models were attracted to the parties with a simple, time-tested pitch. “You’ll meet rich guys who will help you,” says the photographer. “It was networking, but on a weird, bizarre scale.”
The girls were as young as 15, he says, and “over their heads, they had no idea, and they ended up in situations. There were always dramas because the men threw money and drugs at them to keep them enticed. It’s based on power and dominating girls who can’t push back and can be discarded. There’s always someone to pick them back up. Nobody wants to call home and say ‘Help me.’”
Trump would “go from room to room,” said the photographer, who added that he was there to party himself. It was guys with younger girls; sex, a lot of sex, a lot of cocaine, top-shelf liquor” but no smoking. Trump didn’t approve of cigarettes.