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Magazine Writer's Trump Sex Assault Claim Corroborated

| by Lauren Briggs
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Six people who know former People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff on a close personal or professional level have corroborated her accusations that Republican nominee Donald Trump molested her in 2005.

Trump has denied the incident ever took place, saying "she lies," according to People.

"Look at her, I don't think so," Trump said of the alleged incident.

Stoynoff, who said it was "possible he just doesn't remember it," since she is "one of many, many women," alleged the billionaire businessman threw himself on her before an interview with him and his wife, Melania, who was pregnant at the time.

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"We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us," Stoynoff recounted. "I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat."

Months later, Stoynoff says she ran into Melania, who was in front of Trump Tower in New York City, carrying her newborn son, Barron. She said that Melania greeted her warmly and hugged her. Melania has denied the meeting took place.

"Even the story that came out in People magazine, the writer she said my husband took her to the room and start kissing her," Melania told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "She wrote in the same story about me -- that she saw me on Fifth Avenue, and I said to her, 'Natasha, how come we don't see you anymore?' I was never friends with her, I would not recognize her."

Melania also said the recent allegations from multiple women accusing Trump of forcing himself on them were all "organized by the opposition" for political reasons.

"Did they ever check the background of these women?" she asked. "They don't have any facts."

But several people came forward to People magazine, corroborating pieces of Stoynoff's story, including the later encounter with Melania in New York.

"They chatted in a friendly way," said Liza Herz, Stoynoff's college friend who said she witnessed the pair run into each other. "And what struck me most was that Melania was carrying a child and wearing heels."

Stoynoff's close friend, her former journalism professor, two People editors and one colleague also said she confided in them about the incident. They said she was fearful that Donald Trump would retaliate if she came forward, so she kept quiet and stopped covering news about him.

Sources: People, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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