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Published: Fri, October 14, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

'People' Writer & Two Other Women Accuse Donald Trump of Sexual Assault


A Trump spokesman called the story "fiction".

Now more women are coming forward to dispute the fact that it was just mere words on Trump's part.

PERSONAL ACCOUNT Jessica Leeds (down), 74, narrates how Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate, groped her on a flight to NY in the early 1980s when she was a businesswoman (up).

Trump, a NY businessman who has never previously run for elected office, said during a presidential debate on Sunday that he had not actually done the things he had boasted about, and apologized for his remarks, which he called private "locker room talk". One alleged incident goes back three decades, the most recent 11 years ago. Separately, a People Magazine reporter wrote a detailed first-person account of being attacked by Trump while interviewing the businessman and his wife, Melania Trump.

Crooks said she recounted the incident that day to her sister by phone and to her boyfriend that night, both of whom spoke to the Times.

Building on Trump's decision to bring three Bill Clinton accusers to last week's presidential debate, the Republican nominee is expected to have the women appear with him on stage at rallies and do television interviews, according to a person briefed on the plan but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

A People magazine reporter who spent time covering Donald Trump in the mid-2000s has now come forward saying that he pushed her against a wall and forced "his tongue down my throat".

A spokeswoman for Clinton said Wednesday's report in the New York Times was "disturbing". While Melania, who was pregnant at the time, was getting dressed, Stoynoff alleges that Trump invited her to follow him into another room.

Stoynoff told a colleague about the incident but wrote the anniversary story as assigned.

She said she was struck by how Trump's comments on the "Access Hollywood" video mirrored her experience. But Stoynoff insisted that she just wanted to "forget it ever happened".

On Wednesday night, Trump's campaign made public a letter to the newspaper from Marc Kasowitz, a lawyer representing Trump, demanding it retract the story, calling it libelous, and threatening legal action if it did not comply.

She said she fled to the back of the plane and sat in the coach section.

A man who had accompanied her to Mar-a-Lago that day, Ken Davidoff, told the newspaper he vividly remembered McGillivray telling him Trump had groped her.

Kasowitz demanded that the Times cease further publication of the article, remove it from the paper's website, and issue a full retraction and apology to the GOP nominee.

Leeds said she did not complain to the airline at the time because such unwanted advances were common for businesswomen in the 1970s and early 1980s, the newspaper reported. She has since opened up to four people close to her.

Crooks said she was a receptionist for a real estate investment and development company located at Trump Tower and met Trump outside an elevator in the building one morning.

She introduced herself to Trump, knowing that their companies did business together.

He proceeded to kiss her on her cheeks, she claims, adding he then "kissed me directly on the mouth". Leeds says the two were seated next to each other in the first-class cabin when Trump quickly lifted the armrest separating them and began to touch her, grabbing her breasts and trying to put his hand up her skirt.

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