Trump Denies Allegations of Unwanted Advances

Republican presidential nominee calls stories 'total fabrication'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a "Women for Trump" sign at a campaign rally in Lakeland, Florida, on Wednesday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a "Women for Trump" sign at a campaign rally in Lakeland, Florida, on Wednesday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Posted October 13, 2016 at 9:40am

Donald Trump has denied recent accusations from women who said the Republican presidential nominee had made unwanted sexual advances.

A number of women have come forward since The New York Times posted a story on Wednesday about two women who said Trump had forced himself on them.

Jessica Leeds said that on an airliner in 1978, Trump invited her to first class and grabbed her chest and tried putting his hand up her skirt. Another woman, Rachel Crooks, said that in 2005, when the two were in an elevator, Trump would not let go of her hand when they shook hands and instead kissed her first on the cheeks and then on the mouth.

On Thursday, Trump took to Twitter to call the Times story a “total fabrication” and said it would be proved false.

People magazine reporter Natasha Stoynoff wrote Wednesday that she was doing a story in 2005 on the real estate tycoon and his wife Melania on their first anniversary when Trump pinned her against a wall in his Mar-a-Lago mansion and forcibly kissed her.

On Twitter, Trump questioned why Stoynoff didn’t tell her story at the time.

A former Miss USA contestant, Temple Taggart, told NBC News that Trump kissed her on the mouth upon meeting her in 1997.

The Palm Beach Post reported Mindy McGillivray’s account of Trump groping her at Mar-a-Lago. 

In addition, five former contestants in the Miss Teen USA pageant (which Trump previously owned) told Buzzfeed that Trump walked into the dressing room while the girls were changing clothes during the 1997 contest.

Trump’s attorneys sent a letter to the Times demanding a retraction and an apology, and his campaign has issued statements denying the other stories.