Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump slammed news organizations for reporting on accusations that he sexually assaulted numerous women.
“They are pure fiction and they are outright lies,” Trump said at a campaign appearance on Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The real estate tycoon said he was the victim of a “concerted effort” between Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the “corporate media.”
Trump criticized recent allegations from women that he made unwanted sexual advances. He also denounced a story from a People magazine writer who said he cornered her and forcibly kissed her in 2005.
“They’re horrible, horrible lies,” he said of the People story. “Look at her, look at her words. You tell me. I don’t think so.”
Trump said that his team had gathered evidence to refute the claims, which will be released “at the appropriate time.”
The real estate mogul also criticized the fact that the story came out with less than a month to go before Election Day and not 12 years ago.
“This invented account has already been debunked by eyewitnesses,” he said.
Trump also added that he would file a lawsuit against The New York Times over its story, posted on Wednesday, that quoted two women saying Trump had forced himself on them.
The Trump campaign requested a retraction and an apology, but the newspaper has refused.
“The essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of one’s reputation,” wrote David McCraw, a lawyer for the Times. “Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself.”