Donald Trump ‘groped woman like octopus’
‘It sadly fits everything we know about the way Trump has treated women’
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.
Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump holds up signs at the end of a campaign rally in Lakeland, Florida, US, on October 12