HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – Former Miss North Carolina USA has a different view of Donald Trump than other beauty contestants.
Andrea Duke is talking about her experience with the Republican presidential nominee after other women have come forward to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct.
Duke was crowned Miss North Carolina USA in 2008.
"It was a dream come true," she told WSPA. "It's something. It's something I'd always thought about, dreamed about and worked really hard for."
She says she met then owner of the Miss USA pageant when she competed for the national title.
"After he came around and talked to each one of us, he took the time out back to talk to several of the delegates and he wasn't trying to rush out or anything. He stopped, he paused, he spoke to them. He was nothing but a gentleman," said Duke.
She says her experience was different than other beauty contestants who claim Trump walked into their dressing rooms. Miss Arizona 2001 told the CBS News' Los Angeles affiliate that Trump entered dressing rooms while her fellow contestants were "half naked."
"I have a hard time believing that because of the way the logistics of the pageant is set up," said Duke. "There's always someone around backstage. There are chaperones. There are dressers. There are hairstylists, makeup artists. People don't just get to walk in. Not even Donald Trump."
Duke says she questions the timing of those contestants, and the several women who are accusing Trump sexual misconduct.
"He loves America because he has a good heart and you could see that in the way he interacted with us."
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