Trump Tried to Have Sex With Teenage Beauty Queen Alicia Machado While He Fat-Shamed Her, Former Miss Universe Claims

As executive producer of the Miss Universe beauty pageant, Donald Trump made it his mission to publicly shame Alicia Machado, a Venezuelan national who won the 1996 Miss Universe competition, for her weight. But at the same time as he was making Machado's life miserable by allegedly calling her "Miss Piggy" and forcing her to exercise in front of television cameras, the man who is now President of the United States was repeatedly trying to have sex with the then-teenage beauty queen, Machado claimed for the first time last week.

In an exclusive interview with the Spanish-language channel Telemundo, Machado explained that she had a preexisting contract with Miss Universe before Trump purchased the Miss Universe Organization in 1996. The purchase meant that Trump was now her boss, although he didn't have the power to alter the terms of her employment, Machado said. Nevertheless, she noted that Trump disrespected her continuously throughout their time working together, and he also tried to sleep with her.

"I know Trump very well. I know him as a person," Machado said during the interview, adding that she never had sexual relations with Trump.

"Did he try?" the Telemundo anchorman asked Machado.

"Yes, in many situations," she replied. "But I've never talked about it."

Machado has previously claimed that she developed an eating disorder and suffered psychological trauma due to Trump's actions. The events were used by then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election when she accused Trump of sexism over his treatment of Machado. The former Miss Universe is now a successful actress in Latin America, and has started speaking out against Trump since he rose to political prominence.

"There are other Miss Universes that said he was lovely," Machado said. "I don't know, I speak for my personal experience…I think he knows in his heart that he hurt a young girl."