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Three of 16 women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual misconduct spoke out together during a joint press conference hosted in New York City on Monday, calling for action amid the growing #MeToo movement.

Robert Greenwald, the president of Brave New Films, a non-profit that hosted the event, said that the accusers share similar stories about Trump, and their allegations deserve action. "We know better, we know a lot better, predators and harassers must be held accountable," said Greenwald, adding that "elected officials, no matter what party affiliation, should act."

The accusers:

  • Rachel Crooks said Congress must "put aside party affiliations and investigate Trump's history of sexual misconduct." She described Trump's behavior as "serial misconduct and perversion."
  • Jessica Leeds said she hopes the #MeToo movement will put enough "pressure on Congress" to address not only their own members' misconduct, but also the presdient's.
  • Samantha Holvey emphasized that the #MeToo movement isn't a partisan issue. "They've investigated other Congress members so I think it only stands fair he be investigated as well."

The response: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has said their claims are false.

Go deeper: The women also spoke spoke with Megyn Kelly in an interview on NBC Monday.

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