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Trump Threatens Lawsuit Over Sexual Assault Report

| by Jordan Smith

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has threatened a lawsuit against the New York Times over an article it published alleging he sexually assaulted women.

Trump made the comments at an appearance in Florida Oct. 13, where he dismissed the allegations as fraudulent and vowed to continue his campaign, Daily Mail reported.

"These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false,” Trump told a crowd of supporters, the Mail reported.

On top of the Times' allegations, Natasha Stoynoff, a reporter for People Magazine, alleged Trump assaulted her in 2005. A total of six women have accused the Republican candidate of assaulting them over the past three decades.

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Trump denied the report and said there were witnesses present who could contradict Stoynoff's account. He further declared that the room where the incident allegedly occurred had glass walls and was in a public place.

He added that the Times had published false rumors about him before.

“We demanded a retraction, but they refused to print it,” Trump said of the previous story. “The story was a fraud and a big embarrassment to the New York Times.”

The GOP nominee went on to suggest that his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and her husband were involved in influencing the media.

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“And the Clintons know it. 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,” Trump added.

Trump also attacked media outlets that he alleged favored the Clinton campaign.

“Their agenda is to elect Crooked Hillary Clinton at any cost, at any price, no matter how many lives they destroy. For them it's a war. And for them nothing at all is out of bounds,” he added.

A report published in Time Oct. 13 stated that the Clinton campaign had no prior knowledge of the release of a tape Oct. 7 in which Trump was heard making derogatory comments about women.

“You know, with prior Republican nominees for president, I disagreed with them on politics, policies, principles, but I never questioned their fitness to serve,” Clinton said during the debate with Trump Oct. 9, according to Time. “Donald Trump is different.”

Trump told his audience Oct. 13 he wanted to focus on the key issues facing the American population in the remainder of the campaign.

Sources: Daily Mail / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Wikicommons

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