Actress Salma Hayek revealed that after she turned down romantic advances from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, he planted a fake story about her in the National Enquirer.
Hayek, appearing on the El Show del Mandril radio program on Oct. 21, recalled how Trump pursued her when she had a boyfriend, according to BuzzFeed.
“When I met that man, I had a boyfriend, and he tried to become his friend to get my home telephone number,” Hayek said, adding that she met Trump early in her career before she was famous. “He got my number and he would call me to invite me out.”
Hayek refused Trump’s offer to go on a date, and alleges the GOP candidate retaliated by planting a tabloid story about how he would not date her because she is too short.
“When I told him I wouldn’t go out with him even if I didn’t have a boyfriend, [which he took as disrespectful], he called -- well, he wouldn’t say he called, but someone told the National Enquirer,” she said.
“Someone told the National Enquirer -- I’m not going to say who, because you know that whatever he wants to come out comes out in the National Enquirer. It said that he wouldn’t go out with me because I was too short,” Hayek continued.
She then explained that Trump called her after the story ran to sway her into going out with him.
“Later, he called and left me a message. ‘Can you believe this? Who would say this? I don’t want people to think this about you,’” Hayek said. “He thought that I would try to go out with him so people wouldn’t think that’s why he wouldn’t go out with me.”
At least 11 women recently accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances towards them, after an interview from 2004 of him making lewd comments about women surfaced.
Adult film star Jessica Drake is the latest to accuse Trump, citing an encounter with him 10 years ago in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, CBS reports.
“He flirted with me and invited me to walk along the golf course with him,” Drake said.
Trump asked for Drake’s phone number, and invited her to his room later that night; she went with two friends.
When Drake and the other two women entered Trump’s hotel room, she alleges Trump grabbed each of them tightly in a hug and kissed each of them without their permission.
A security guard was present when the women were in Trump’s room.
Trump asked them what it was like to film pornography, in what Drake said felt like an interview. After 30 to 45 minutes, all three of the women left his room.
Trump later called Drake, asking her to return.
“I indicated that I did not wish to return,” she said. “Then Donald called. He asked me to return to his suite and have dinner with him. He also invited me to a party. I declined. Donald then asked me, ‘What do you want? How much?’”
Drake refused to join Trump, and claims he then had someone else offer her $10,000.
“I declined again and once more gave as an excuse that I had to return to Los Angeles for work,” she said. “I was then told Mr. Trump would allow me the use of his private jet if only I accepted his invitation.”
Drake, who said she is a sex education advocate, did not come forward with her story for fame.
“This is not acceptable behavior for anyone -- much less a presidential candidate,” she said. “I am not looking for monetary compensation. I do not need additional fame … I understand that I may be called a liar or an opportunist but I will risk that in order to stand in solidarity with women who share similar accounts.”
Trump’s campaign denied Drake’s allegations, claiming he does not recall what happened.
The presidential candidate has threatened to take legal action against all of the women accusing him of sexual misconduct.
“Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” Trump said in an Oct. 22 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, speech. “Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”