Trump Denies the Alleged Trump Tower Sexual Harassment Incident


President Trump is lashing out at a woman who claims he once forcibly kissed her, saying it "Never happened!"

Trump, who was captured on a 2005 audio recording bragging about grabbing women by the genitals, is also fending off a defamation lawsuit by one alleged victim after he said accusations against him were politically motivated "lies".

In the article, Crooks doesn't say it happened in the lobby of Trump Tower, but outside her company's offices.

The alleged incident is thought to have taken place inside the lobby of Trump Tower in NY on 11 January 2006.

"He was waiting for the elevator outside our office when I got up the nerve to introduce myself", said Crooks, who was 22-years-old at the time.

"He took hold of my hand and held me in place".

She repeatedly said that Trump cornered her near the elevator bank on the 24th floor of Trump Tower, kissed her cheeks and "kissed me directly on the mouth".

Anderson Cooper during the second presidential debate had asked Trump right off if he had actually kissed or groped women without their consent, to which Trump responded by saying that "nobody has more respect for women then me".

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Trump Denies the Alleged Trump Tower Sexual Harassment Incident

An Ohio woman's claim that Donald Trump stole a long and unwelcome kiss from her in the lobby of Trump Tower some 13 years ago is fake news, the president declared Tuesday. 'The whole thing probably lasted two minutes, maybe less'.

Crooks first told her story six weeks before the 2016 election.

"Let's clear this up for everyone", Crooks wrote in the tweet directed at Trump.

Ms Crooks, an global student recruiter at Ohio's Heidelberg University who lives in a pro-Trump county, said she has weathered stares from neighbours, online harassment, and death threats since going public with her claims.

The story does not accuse the women of fabricating allegations against Trump, contradicting a claim he made on Tuesday.

When Cooper urged him, asking if he had ever done any of it, Trump denied saying that "I had not".

As to the question Trump posed in his tweetstorm about Crooks, "Why doesn't @washingtonpost report the story of the women taking money to make up stories about me?" The Wall Street Journal reported in January that Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, allegedly paid her $130,000 to keep quiet ahead of the 2016 election.

Emails she sent family at the time alluded to the incident. The White House has denied the report.

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