Don­ald Trump ‘groped woman like oc­to­pus’

‘It sadly fits ev­ery­thing we know about the way Trump has treated women’

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

REUTERS/ Don­ald Trump is fac­ing a series of al­le­ga­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual con­tact, af­ter US me­dia re­ported claims from sev­eral women.

Two women told The New York Times that the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date groped or kissed them. A Peo­ple magazine re­porter also said she was forcibly kissed, while another woman said Trump grabbed her bot­tom.

Trump’s cam­paign has re­jected the claims and threat­ened le­gal ac­tion against the NYT.

His camp made pub­lic a let­ter to the US news­pa­per call­ing its ar­ti­cle “de- fam­a­tory” and “a po­lit­i­cally-mo­ti­vated ef­fort to de­feat Trump’s can­di­dacy”. The NYT said it was stand­ing by its story.

The al­le­ga­tions come less than a week af­ter a video shot in 2005 emerged which showed Trump mak­ing ob­scene re­marks about grop­ing women.

He apol­o­gised for the com­ments — which were widely con­demned — but de­scribed them as “locker-room talk”.

Call­ing the NYT story dis­turb­ing, Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign said it “sadly fits ev­ery­thing we know about the way Don­ald Trump has treated women”.

The New York Times pub­lished ac­counts from two women, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks.

Leeds, now 74, said when she was 38 she sat next to Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York.

Once air­borne, he lifted the arm­rest and be­gan to touch her.

“He was like an oc­to­pus... his hands were ev­ery­where,” said Leeds. “It was an as­sault.”

Rachel Crooks said she was kissed on the lips by Mr Trump out­side a lift in Trump Tower when she was a 22-year-old re­cep­tion­ist.

/REUTERS

Repub­li­can US pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump holds up signs at the end of a cam­paign rally in Lake­land, Florida, US, on Oc­to­ber 12

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