Me­la­nia Trump: Don­ald’s women ac­cusers are ly­ing

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Me­la­nia Trump has in­sisted that her hus­band is a “gen­tle­man” and that the women who allege that he sex­u­ally as­saulted them are ly­ing.

She also said that lewd com­ments Don­ald Trump made about women that were caught on video­tape were un­ac­cept­able but did not rep­re­sent the man she knows.

The Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee was guilty of “boy talk” but was “egged on” by TV host Billy Bush, she added.

The tape prompted dozens of Repub­li­cans to drop their sup­port for him.

In the video, Mr Trump tells Mr Bush, who was then host of NBC’s Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood, that he can force him­self on women be­cause he’s a star.

Sev­eral women have since come for­ward and ac­cused Mr Trump of sex­ual as­sault, which he de­nies.

“I know he re­spects women but he is de­fend­ing him­self be­cause they are lies,” Mrs Trump said in an in­ter­view with CNN.

“I be­lieve my hus­band,” she said. “My hus­band is kind and he is a gen­tle­man and he would never do that.”

She claimed the scan­dal had been “or­gan­ised and put to­gether to hurt his can­di­dacy” by Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign team and the me­dia.

“With the de­tails [the me­dia] have got, did they ever check the back­grounds of th­ese women? They didn’t have any facts,” she added. Speak­ing for the first since the scan­dal be­gan, Mrs Trump de­fended her hus­band’s con­duct with women, say­ing he had never be­haved in­ap­pro­pri­ately over the years.

Women com­monly ap­proached her hus­band in front of her to give him their phone num­bers and be­have in­ap­pro­pri­ately, she said.

Re­flect­ing on the 2005 Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood video­tape leaked to the me­dia 10 days ago, she said: “I said to my hus­band that, you know, the lan­guage was in­ap­pro­pri­ate. It’s not ac­cept­able.

“And I was sur­prised, be­cause that is not the man that I know.”

After the taped re­marks be­came pub­lic, Mrs Trump is­sued a state­ment say­ing she found the words he spoke to be of­fen­sive but she ac­cepted his apol­ogy.

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