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"This Is War" - Trump Drafting Lawsuit Against New York Times For Story He Groped And Kissed Women

Tyler Durden

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Oct. 13, 2016

With the Podesta email leaks now a daily feature providing further insights into the inner workings of the Clinton campaign, and with the shock over the Trump Tapes fading, a new distraction had to emerge to keep the public distracted, and sure enough, it happened last night when several women came forward to allege they had been groped or forcibly kissed by Donald Trump, as far back as thirty six years ago.

In the first allegation, two women told the New York Times in a story published Wednesday that Trump kissed or groped them.

One of the women, Jessica Leeds, now 74, told the publication she was seated next to the Republican nominee during a flight to New York more than three decades ago.  She, then 38, had been moved up from coach to first class. About 45 minutes after the flight took off, Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt, she said. The two had never met before. “He was like an octopus,” she told the Times. “His hands were everywhere” she said. "It was an assault." Oddly enough while she didn't report the incident to the airline staff after moving back to coach, according to the publication, but she did share the story with people close to her.

Another woman, Rachel Crooks, told The Times she met Trump in 2005 when she was a 22-year-old receptionist at a company in Trump Tower in Manhattan. She introduced herself to Trump outside an elevator and shook his hand. Trump wouldn't let go and then began kissing her on the cheeks, and then he "kissed me directly on the mouth," she told the Times. “It was so inappropriate,” Crooks said. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”

As expected, the Trump campaign quickly put out a statement denying the reports, calling the entire article "a completely false, coordinated character assassination" that "trivializes sexual assault."

"It is absurd to think that one of the most recognizable business leaders on the planet with a strong record of empowering women in his companies would do the things alleged in this story, and for this to only become public decades later in the final month of a campaign for president should say it all," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said. 

The two stories, which have never been made public before, come after the release of a 2005 tape in which the GOP nominee was heard making lewd comments about women. The GOP nominee brushed off his comments as locker room talk. During Sunday night's presidential debate, he denied he had ever done the things he talked about.

In an interview with the Times Tuesday night, the GOP nominee denied both Leeds's and Crooks's stories and accused the publication of making the accounts up. “None of this ever took place,” Trump said, threatening to sue the publication if the paper reported the women's stories. “You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter.