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Trump Calls Sexual Assault Allegations 'Outrageous Lies'

| by Robert Fowler
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GOP nominee Donald Trump has denied numerous allegations of sexual assault against women. The business mogul has accused the women who have come forward of lying and asserted that the media and campaign for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are conspiring to smear him.

On Oct. 13, Trump blasted his accusers during a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false,” Trump said, according to ABC News.

“And the Clintons know it,” the business mogul added. “And they know it very well. These claims are all fabricated. They’re pure fiction. And they’re outright lies. These events never, ever happened. And the people that said them fully understand.”

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On Oct. 12, four women came forward to accuse Trump of making unwanted sexual advances toward them, Slate reports.

Jessica Leeds has accused the business mogul of groping her during a plane flight in the early 1980s when the two were seated together in first class.

Rachel Crooks has accused Trump of kissing her repeatedly after she introduced herself to him on an elevator in Trump Tower in 2005. Leeds recounted that the business mogul kissed her repeatedly on the cheeks, then on her mouth and then asked for her number.

Mindy McGillivray has accused Trump of groping her posterior at Mar-a-Lago in 2003. Ken Davidoff, a photographer who had been working with McGillivray that day, has backed up her account.

Finally, People Magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff has accused Trump of assaulting her while she was interviewing him at Mar-a-Lago in 2005. Stoynoff says that the business mogul took her to an empty room and surprised her by pinning her against a wall and kissing her.

These accusations have arrived days after a 2005 audiotape of Trump bragging about kissing and groping women without consent was leaked. During the second presidential debate, Trump denied that he had ever acted on his comments, Vanity Fair reports.

“For the record, are you saying that what you said on the bus 11 years ago, that you didn’t kiss women without consent or grope women?” debate moderator Anderson Cooper asked the GOP nominee.

“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” Trump responded.

Trump is now calling all of his recent accusers liars, singling out Stoynoff.

“Look at her,” Trump told his supporters. “Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don’t think so.”

The GOP nominee promised that he would present evidence that would absolve him soon, calling his accusers “horrible, horrible liars.”

The Trump campaign has threatened to sue the business mogul’s accusers and The New York Times, which published Leeds and Crooks’ accounts.

A Trump campaign official told CNN Money: “NYT editors, reporters, politically motivated accusers better lawyer up.”

Sources: ABC News, CNN MoneySlate, Vanity Fair / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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