In a shocking development, five women have come forward to accuse Donald Trump of trying to touch them inappropriately without their consent.
The New York Times claims to have interacted with two women who maintained that they were victims of the Republican nominee in two separate incidents that took place in 1980 and another in 2005.
The allegations were coming after the ones from the Palm Beach Post and People Magazine, while Yahoo News republished an accusation made earlier this year, Daily Mail said.
The allegations were denied by Trump’s campaign team as they described it as ‘fiction’ and ‘completely false’.
Trump’s legal team also appeared to hit back against the claim, sending the New York Times a letter demanding a retraction.
DONALD TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN STATEMENT DENYING THE ALLEGATIONS
This entire article is fiction, and for the New York Times to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr Trump on a topic like this is dangerous.
To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr Trump trvializes sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election.
It is absurd to think that one of the most recognizable business leaders on the planet with a strong record of empowering women in his companies would do the things alleged in this story, and for this to only become public decades later in the final month of a campaign for president should say it all.
Further, The Times story buries the pro-Clinton financial and social media activity on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, reinforcing that this is truly nothing more than a political attack. This is a sad day for the Times.’
— Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor
In the same vein, two sources in Trump’s campaign told Daily Mail a lawsuit against The Times is already being drafted. One of those sources, a senior campaign aide, said the Republican nominee for president is going to ‘war’ against the newspaper.
In the story featured on the New York Times, Jessica Leeds, a 74-year-old former businesswoman who lives in Manhattan, told the newspaper she was ‘assaulted’ by Trump on a flight when she was 38.
The 74-year-old explained how she was sat beside the Republican nominee in first class, when he lifted the arm-rest between then and allegedly began touching her.
‘He was like an octopus,’ she told the Times. ‘His hands were everywhere.’
Leeds, who told the newspaper the incident ‘was an assault’, said she rushed to the back of the plane to escape Trump’s advances.
The second woman, the newspaper said, was touched inappropriately by Trump, is Rachel Crooks.
Crooks was a 22-year-old working as a receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate company based in Trump Tower in Manhattan, when she says Trump kissed her on the mouth without permission while in an elevator in 2005.
‘It was so inappropriate,’ Crooks told the New York Times. ‘I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.’
Natasha Stoynoff, who was working as a reporter for People magazine in 2005, revealed in a first-person account that the businessman kissed her without her consent right before an interview she was about to conduct with Trump and his wife.
She was due to talk to the couple for a feature story on their first wedding anniversary.