Accusers Come Forward, Alleging Unwanted Advances from Trump

By Steven Klett, Epoch Times
October 13, 2016 Updated: October 13, 2016

Multiple women have accused Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual advances after he denied that his crude words were indicative of his actions during the second presidential debate on Oct. 9.

The reports come from multiple sources and publications.

The New York Times ran a story interviewing two women, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks who said Trump touched and kissed them inappropriately; People Magazine ran a first-person account of Trump of forcibly kissing Natasha Stoynoff in 2005; the Palm Beach Post reported Mindy McGillivray was groped by the presidential nominee 13 years ago.

The stories follow a similar pattern—the women accusing Trump of unwanted sexual advances watched the second presidential debate and decided to come forward after he denied any such advances. 

“Just for the record,” Anderson Cooper asked Donald Trump in St. Louis on Sunday, “are you saying … that you did not actually kiss women without consent?”

“I have not,” Trump insisted.

The Republican candidate’s campaign has been under fire following a video with a hot mic of him making lewd comments about women to Billy Bush in a 2005 Access Hollywood interview. 

“Watching at home in Palm Springs, McGillivray said she rose from her couch and yelled at the TV screen: ‘You liar!'” reported the Palm Beach Post.  

The Republican candidate has continuously denied the reports, calling the New York Times reporter Megan Twohey a “disgusting human being” when asked for comment about the accusations Tuesday night. 

The Trump campaign also threatened to sue the Times. One of Trump’s lawyers, Marc Kasowitz, sent a letter to Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet demanding the story be retracted.

The Times is standing by their story with Baquet defending it to CNN’s Brian Stelter in an interview Wednesday. 

“I think it is pretty evident this story falls clearly in the realm of public service journalism, and discussing issues that arose from the tape and his comments since it surfaced,” Baquet told Stelter.

Trump took to Twitter on Thursday pushing back against the New York Times and People Magazine in separate tweets. 

“The phony story in the failing is a TOTAL FABRICATION. Written by same people as last discredited story on women. WATCH!” he tweeted. 

“Why didn’t the writer of the twelve year old article in People Magazine mention the “incident” in her story. Because it did not happen!” he tweeted. 

The Trump campaign put out a statement saying that the accusers are only coming forward now for political reasons. 

“To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr. Trump trivializes sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election,” Miller said.

“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,” he continued.