7 Times Celebrities Recall Having A Disturbing Encounter With Donald Trump

Horror stories from Daniel Radcliffe, Salma Hayek and more

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Donald Trump loves to pour scorn on the Hollywood elite, and the feeling is very much mutual.

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Thompson and other celebrities have (bravely) relived their first encounter with the billionaire businessman before he became US President, and their tales are almost as strange (and as frightening) as fiction...

1. Daniel Radcliffe

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The actor couldn't quite comprehend the sheer magnitude of Trump's "Everest of confidence". He was only a child, after all, when their two worlds collided during Radcliffe's promotional trail for Harry Potter.

"I was like 11 or 12 and it was when we were doing press for the first Potter movie, and they took us to New York and it was sort of the first time doing any of the morning shows in New York," he told the audience on Late Night with Seth Mayers.

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"They walked me over to him [Trump] and he said, 'Oh hi, nice to meet you.' And I said, 'Nice to meet you.' He said, 'How are you?' I said, 'I'm quite nervous. I've never been on TV before, I don't know what I'm gonna talk about.'

"And he brilliantly just said, 'You tell them you just met Mr. Trump.' To me, that is the Everest of self-confidence.

"Imagine if I'd just been to you, 'When you go on that show, just talk about me. Don't talk about your stuff."

Weirdly, the audience were more interested in Harry Potter than Trump that day...

2. Emma Thompson

The Love Actually star revealed that Donald Trump tried his luck with her just one day after her divorce from Kenneth Brannagh had been finalised. Gotta strike while the iron's hot etc...

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Thompson remembered that his unwanted phone call left her feeling "like a moose had just entered my trailer", at that he offered "some accommodation in one of my Trump Towers - they're really comfortable".

But not because he was feeling hospitable that day, obviously, he was fishing for a date.

The actress then claimed that he rather presumptuously told her: "'I think we would get on very well. Maybe we could have dinner some time.'"

She admitted: "I didn't know what to do with myself.

"I just said, 'OK, well, I'll get back to you.... Thank you so much for ringing."

3. Princess Diana and 4. Selina Scott

According to British broadcaster Selina Scott, Donald Trump "bombarded" Princess Diana with bouquets of flowers, and ultimately gave her the "creeps".

During an interview with The Sunday Times, Scott claims Trump attempted to woo Diana following her divorce from Prince Charles by sending her "massive bouquets of flowers, each worth hundreds of pounds" to Kensington Palace.

And all despite Trump reportedly telling the journalist that he was on Charles's side because Diana "sounds a handful".

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Scott also alleges that following her critical documentary about Trump in '95, she was bombarded, not with flowers, but with "vicious letters" and "threats" that he would sue and destroy her career.

She went on to say he was "obnoxious", "not at all very smart" and a "major loser".

Trump's spokesperson definitely didn't offer alternative facts with his following statement about Princess Diana: "They [Trump and Diana] had a great relationship, liked each other a lot, but nothing ever came of it."

5. Charlie Sheen

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The Two and a Half Men actor recalled the time Donald Trump generously gifted him with a pair of fake platinum diamond cufflinks. But all was not as it seemed...

"He [Trump] says... "I want to give you an early wedding gift as a gesture from me and Melania -and she doesn't say a word, she's very sweet and very pretty but just kinda sits there," Sheen regaled on The Graham Norton Show.

The star claimed Trump then handed him a pair of "platinum diamond Harry Winston" cufflinks, and then apologised for not making Sheen's wedding, even though he hadn't been invited.

Some months later, Sheen said he went to have them valued, and that the jeweler reportedly broke the news: "'In their finest moment, this is cheap pewter and bad zirconias.' And they're stamped 'Trump.'"

Just in case he forgets his name?

6. Salma Hayek

The Mexican-American actress's account of "that man" Trump is particularly putrid: she revealed that he attempted to befriend her then-boyfriend in a bid to get her phone number.

And when she turned him down, he allegedly tried to spread the rumour that he wouldn't go out with her anyway because she was "too short", to then try and get her to disprove the gossip by going out with him.

Speaking on the El Show del Mandril on Radio Centro 93, Hayek recollected: "When I met that man, I had a boyfriend, and he tried to become his friend to get my home telephone number.

"He got my number and he would call me to invite me out. When I told him I wouldn't go out with him even if I didn't have a boyfriend, [which he took as disrespectful], someone told the National Enquirer that he wouldn't go out with me because I was too short.

"Later, Trump called and left me a message. 'Can you believe this? Who would say this? I don't want people to think this about you.'

"He thought that I would try to go out with him so people wouldn't think that's why he wouldn't go out with me."

Not at all creepy.

7. Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen interviewed Donald Trump under the guise of his former Channel 4alter-ego Ali G 13 years ago.

"I was the first person to realise he was a dick," he casually told James Corden on his Late Show while remembering the skit.

"I was trying to sell something called the Ice Cream Glove. Trump claims that he saw through the interview but he was actually there for about seven minutes.... It's quite a long time."

Here's an edited reminder:

Forget Ali G - Trump is totally convinced by his own drip-proof ice cream invention...