2 Women and a Reporter Accuse Trump of Inappropriate Touching and Forceful Kissing
A People magazine reporter who spent time covering Donald Trump in the mid-2000s has come forward saying that he pushed her against a wall and forced "his tongue down my throat."
Natasha Stoynoff wrote about an instance when, she alleges, she was physically attacked by Trump while meeting with him and his then-pregnant wife, Melania Trump, at their Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.
Trump has denied the report and posted a tweet denouncing the reporter's claims, writing, “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!”
(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Stoynoff wrote that during a break while interviewing the couple around their first wedding anniversary, Melania Trump left the room and Donald Trump took Stoynoff into another room, where "within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat."
ABC News has not been able to reach Stoynoff for comment.
People Magazine editor in chief Jess Cagle released a statement this afternoon defending Stoynoff's decision to come forward.
"Ms. Stoynoff is a remarkable, ethical, honest and patriotic woman, and she has shared her story of being physically attacked by Donald Trump in 2005 because she felt it was her duty to make the public aware," Cagle said in the statement.
"To assign any other motive is a disgusting, pathetic attempt to victimize her again. We stand steadfastly by her, and are proud to publish her clear, credible account of what happened."
Her story was published around the same time The New York Times published a story about two women who say Trump touched them inappropriately. He has denied those claims, and his lawyers have sent a letter demanding a retraction and threatening legal action against the paper on the grounds of defamation and libel.
The Times spoke with Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks, both of whom claim that years ago Trump touched them without their consent. Both women — who approached the Times after Sunday's presidential debate — said they never publicly told their stories before speaking with the Times.
In a statement released Wednesday night after the report's publication, the Trump campaign's senior communication adviser, Jason Miller, said, "This entire article is fiction, and for the New York Times to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr. Trump on a topic like this is dangerous. 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 added, "Further, the Times story buries the pro-Clinton financial and social media activity on behalf of Hillary Clinton's candidacy, reinforcing that this truly is nothing more than a political attack. This is a sad day for the Times."
The Times acknowledged that Leeds and Crooks said they support Clinton. Also, Crooks has contributed money, less than $200, to Clinton and to President Barack Obama, according to the Times.
Leeds, now 74 and living in Manhattan, said she was traveling in the first-class cabin of a New York–bound aircraft more than 30 years ago, seated next to Trump. She said they had never met before.
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