NYT says no libel, no retraction, no apology for Trump story
- Author: Marlene Weaver Oct 20, 2016,
Oct 20, 2016, 5:07
The Trump campaign said there was no "merit or veracity" to either story.
"I am going to be dating her in 10 years". Some have been told previously, but others are new.
In a letter, Times attorney David McCraw said Trump "has bragged about his non-consensual sexual touching of women" and that multiple women had already come forward.
The allegations come just days after a 2005 leaked video caught Trump making lewd remarks and bragging about sexual assault off camera during an appearance on Access Hollywood.
"Grab them by the p--y", Trump says. Grab them by the pussy. "You can do anything".
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".
Leeds story was one of two in the Times report published Wednesday night that Trump touched them inappropriately, allegations that were swiftly followed by a similar claim in People magazine. A third woman says Trump groped her rear end at his Mar-a-Lago resort 13 years ago, the Palm Beach Post reported. "It was an assault", Leeds said.
"We accepted it for years", she told The Times. A Trump spokesman called the story "fiction".
Rachel Crooks, who worked for a firm based in Trump Tower in 2005, found herself in a lift with Trump and tried to introduce herself by shaking his hand. "He was like an octopus", Leeds, who now lives in Manhattan, told the Times. Then, he began kissing her cheeks and finally "kissed me directly on the mouth".
"It was so inappropriate", Cooks said to the Times.
The story of the latest revelation of Trump's alleged improper escapades with women was made by the New York Times. "Because it did not happen!" The newspaper said Crooks described her experience immediately after it occurred while Leeds did so more recently. The Apprentice star kissed Crooks, then 22, "directly on the mouth", she told the New York Times. "It was an assault", she said, although she did not report the incident.
Earlier, BuzzFeed reported that four women who participated in Trump's Teen USA beauty pageants said he would frequently barge into their dressing areas as they were changing. "It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait", Trump is heard saying on the tape.
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.
Stoynoff wrote that while Donald Trump was giving her a tour of the mansion, he wanted to show her one room he described as "tremendous".
However, it seems like the #TrumpTapes scandal was just the inciting incident for many more outrageous happenings to come to light. Trump's most ardent defenders (Rudy Giuliani, Kellyanne Conway and Ben Carson, to name a few) also used this "locker room" argument and refused to acknowledge that Trump's words were a description of sexual assault in the first place. "'Is everybody OK?' And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that". Harth sued Trump accusing him of sexual harassment in 1997.
A lawsuit is being drafted now by Trump against the NYT. Trump has denied Harth's allegations. "People should know [Trump's] behavior is pervasive and it is real". He has insulted countless women, from Megyn Kelly to Rosie O'Donnell to Arianna Huffington to Carly Fiorina to Hillary Clinton to his own daughter, Ivanka Trump, whom he said Howard Stern could call a "piece of ass".
As security escorted one man out in Pueblo, Clinton said, "You have to feel a little sorry for them; they've had a really bad couple of weeks". The Trump campaign issued a broad denial.
Trump Jr. on Thursday slammed the media for the way it portrayed his father's comments on the tape and said the comments show he is "human". "Can you believe it?"