Donald Trump and his team are threatening to take legal action following claims of sexual assault from multiple women, according to CNN reports.
The Republican presidential nominee has found himself at the center of his campaign’s most damning controversy to date, as the fallout from a 2005 tape that heard him bragging about groping women continues. Most recently, three women have come forward with stories of alleged sexual misconduct and physical assault on Trump’s part.
In an explosive New York Times feature published earlier this week, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks each alleged that Trump made “inappropriate sexual advances” towards them during past encounters. Leeds claims the GOP frontman grabbed her breasts and tried to reach up her skirt on an airplane, while Crooks says Trump kissed her outside of an elevator after she introduced herself. In a third claim, PEOPLE Magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff says Trump physically attacked her in 2005 while she was preparing a story about his upcoming wedding anniversary.
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Trump’s legal team has responded to the allegations by threatening to sue the NYT and denying any truth to the women’s stories. “Your article is reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se,” Trump’s lawyer Marc E. Kasowitz said in an open letter to the NYT. “We hereby demand that you immediately cease any further publication of this article, remove it from your website and issue a full and immediate retraction and apology. Failure to do so will leave my client with no option but to purse all available actions and remedies.”
NYT editor Megan Twohey confirmed to CNN Money that Trump threatened legal action when she spoke with him, adding that he denied the allegations before calling her a “disgusting human being.” Trump’s legal team has also denied the PEOPLE story, telling the magazine, “This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story.”