Donald Trump is denying allegations of sexual assault and calls them a "coordinated, vicious attack" from the media and Hillary Clinton campaign.
Trump said Thursday at a rally in Florida that he has evidence to disprove allegations of sexual assault and will release it at the "appropriate time." Several women have come forward in a series of reports claiming that Trump groped or kissed them without their consent and made unwanted advances. Trump said the claims "are totally and absolutely false." He called them "pure fiction and outright lies."
In today’s edition, “The New York Times” reported on allegations by two women in a series of interviews, adding to the already damaging revelations about the Republican presidential nominee's aggressive sexual comments about women.
Jessica Leeds, 74, of New York, told the newspaper she encountered Trump on an airline flight three decades ago. Leeds said Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt. "He was like an octopus," she told the newspaper. "His hands were everywhere."
Rachel Crooks, of Ohio, said she met Trump at Trump Tower in 2005. Age 22 at the time, Crooks said Trump kissed her "directly on the mouth" against her will.
Separately on Wednesday, The Palm Beach Post in Florida reported that Mindy McGillivray, 36, told the newspaper that Trump groped her at his Mar-a-Lago estate 13 years ago. People magazine reporter Natasha Stoynoff also posted a story about a 2005 incident at Mar-a-Lago where, she wrote, Trump "was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat." The Trump campaign said there was no "merit or veracity" to either story.
With files from the Associated Press.
Eli Stokols, National Politics Reporter, POLITICO; “Four Women Accuse Trump of Inappropriate Touching”