After Hillary Clinton’s camp released a tape of Donald Trump’s inappropriate behavior, the New York Times ran an article about two women that the Republican presidential nominee allegedly violated several years ago. However, according to Trump’s campaign party, the article is only a work of fiction.
In the article published by the New York Times on Oct. 12, the news agency focused on interviews with two women that reportedly had unfortunate encounters with Trump. According to the news site, the women decided to publicize their stories after Trump denied the allegations about his alleged inappropriate behavior during the second presidential debate.
In the article, 74-year-old Jessica Leeds claimed that she met Trump during a flight to New York more than 30 years ago. As she was sitting next to him, Trump then reportedly lifted the armrest separating their seats and began groping her. She escaped by moving to the back of the plane.
The other woman, Rachel Crooks, said she was only 22 years old when she met Trump in 2005 inside an elevator in Trump Tower in Manhattan. Knowing that the company she worked for, Bayrock Group, had dealings with the business mogul, Crooks decided to introduce herself to Trump.
However, she claimed that after they shook hands and exchanged pleasantries, Trump allegedly started kissing her on the cheeks and mouth.
The interviews carried out by the New York Times on Leeds and Crooks come at a time when critics and political rivals are resorting to allegations to question Trump’s behavior and moral standing just weeks before the presidential elections.
However, according to Jason Miller, the senior communications adviser for Trump’s campaign, the article released by the New York Times contains false accusations against the Republican candidate. He referred to the article as a work of fiction accused the news site of character assassination.
“This entire article is fiction, and for the New York Times to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr. Trump on a topic like this is dangerous,” he said in a statement according to Reuters.
It is not yet clear if Trump’s camp is planning on taking action against the news site due to its controversial article.