According to latest polls, Donald Trump is losing ground in some of the key battleground states following the publication of a recording in which he made inappropriate remarks about women, which sparked a string of assault claims.
His denial, though, has opened the floodgates for women who are now accusing him of harassment spanning from groping on planes to unwanted advances in the Trump Tower.
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Kristin Anderson told the Washington Post Donald Trump touched her through her underwear at a Manhattan nightspot in the 1990s.
Summer Zervos was a contestant on The Apprentice in 2006, and said Donald Trump forced himself on her at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.
Jessica Leeds told the New York Times that when she was 38, Donald Trump touched her “like an octopus” in the first-class cabin of a flight in the 1980s.
Natasha Stoynoff told People magazine that Donald Trump “forced his tongue through her throat” when she went to interview the Trumps ahead of their first wedding anniversary in 2005
Mindy McGillivray told the Palm Beach Post that when she was 23, Donald Trump grabbed her bottom at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida in 2003.
Temple Taggart, former Miss Utah, told NBC News Donald Trump kissed her on the lips in 1997, when she was 21.
Donald Trump has denied attacking any of the women who have made allegations against him, saying the claims are part of a plot to damage his campaign.
Donald Trump has rejected fresh claims of assault, saying they are part of a plot to damage his presidential campaign.
The Republican candidate told a rally in North Carolina on October 14: “It’s not hard to find a small handful of people willing to make false smears.”
Two new accusations came from an ex-Apprentice contestant who cited a 2007 incident and a woman who described a case from the early 1990s.
The latest polls suggest Donald Trump is losing ground in some of the key battleground states.
During the rally, Donald Trump said the accusations were “sick” and false, and driven by fame, money or politics.
“Or for the simple reason they want to stop our movement, they want to stop our campaign. Very simple,” he told the crowd.
The New York billionaire added: “These claims defy reason, truth, logic, common sense. They are made without supporting witnesses.
“When the media does what they’re doing now, that’s rigging the system… The election is rigged.”
Saying he was ignoring his own advisers by commenting on the allegations, Donald Trump suggested that he would never have been attracted to Jessica Leeds, one of this accusers.
“Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.”
One of the new allegations involves Kristin Anderson, who told the Washington Post Donald Trump touched her through her underwear at a Manhattan nightspot in the 1990s.
Kristin Anderson, now 46, said she was “very grossed out and weirded out”.
The publication said it had approached Kristin Anderson after learning of her story through a third party, and she had spent several days deciding whether to go public.
Donald Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said in a statement emailed to the Washington Post: “Mr. Trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is totally ridiculous.”
Meanwhile, Summer Zervos, who was a contestant on season five of The Apprentice in 2006, said Donald Trump forced himself on her at a the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Summer Zervos, now 41, had been invited by Donald Trump to discuss job opportunities.
She told an emotional news conference in Los Angeles that she met Donald Trump in 2007 in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where the property mogul greeted her by kissing her on the mouth.
Summer Zervos said Donald Trump asked her to sit next to him on a sofa where he “grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast”.
She fought back tears as she said Donald Trump attempted to lead her into the bedroom, even as she fended off his advances.
Summer Zervos was flanked during the press conference by well-known lawyer Gloria Allred, who has previously represented alleged assault victims of entertainer Bill Cosby.
At the time of the alleged assault, Donald Trump was newly married to his third and current wife, Melania.
Summer Zervos said she was spurred to come forward after Donald Trump denied during October 9 presidential debate ever having committed assault.
Donald Trump rebutted the suggestion on national TV as he was asked about a leaked recording from 2005 in which he is heard bragging that he can force himself on women because he is a star.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s campaign presented a British man who disputed the account of Jessica Leeds, now 74. She alleged that when she was 38, Donald Trump groped her on a flight to New York, acting “like an octopus”.
The New York Post reported that Anthony Gilberthorpe contacted Donald Trump’s campaign to counter the claim.
In an interview with the paper Anthony Gilberthorpe said: “I was there, I was in a position to know that what she said was wrong, wrong, wrong.”
Donald Trump has told supporters in Florida that latest groping claims are “totally and absolutely false”.
He said the women making the allegations were “horrible liars” and the media was colluding with rival Hillary Clinton.
Several women say Donald Trump groped them or forcibly kissed them.
First Lady Michelle Obama earlier said Donald Trump’s boasts about groping women were “shocking and demeaning”.
“Leaders should meet a basic standard of human decency,” she said during a campaign appearance in New Hampshire.
Seeing Donald Trump make inappropriate comments about women, on a video leaked last week to the Washington Post, “has shaken me to my core in a way that I cannot have predicted,” Michelle Obama said, her voice cracking with emotion.
The first lady never mentioned Donald Trump by name but her references made her target obvious.
Two women told the New York Times that Donald Trump groped or kissed them.
A People magazine reporter also said she was forcibly kissed, while another woman said Donald Trump grabbed her bottom.
Making his first public appearance since the allegations were made, Donald Trump told a rally in West Palm Beach these stories were “a conspiracy against the American people” by the political and media establishment.
Donald Trump said he had evidence the accusations were unfounded and would release that at the “appropriate time”.
In one reference, the Republican presidential runner appeared to imply People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff could not have been telling the truth because of her appearance.
“Take a look. You take a look. Look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think. I don’t think so, I don’t think so.”
The media, Donald Trump said, “will seek to destroy your career and your family”.
Donald Trump has threatened to sue the New York Times, which published accusations from two women on October 12.
The publication has responded by saying it would welcome the opportunity to make its case in court.
Many of the women said Donald Trump’s denial during the second presidential debate prompted them to come forward.
Two new women accuse Donald Trump of inappropriate contact, after media outlets reported claims from several women.
Both of them told the New York Times that Donald Trump groped or kissed them.
A reporter for People magazine wrote a first person account describing being forcibly kissed by Donald Trump.
The Republican nominee’s campaign have rejected the claims, describing the NYT article as “defamatory”.
Donald Trump’s camp has made public a letter to the NYT threatening legal action unless the paper retracts the article, which it called “a politically-motivated effort to defeat Mr. Trump’s candidacy”.
The publication said it was standing by its article.
Late last week, a video shot in 2005 emerged which showed Donald Trump making inappropriate remarks about groping women.
The Republican apologized for the comments – which were widely condemned – but described them as “locker-room talk”.
Many top Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have since distanced themselves from Donald Trump.
However, four Republican members of Congress who had urged Donald Trump to step aside have changed position, saying they backed their party.
In the NYT article, Jessica Leeds, 74, from Manhattan, said she had been sitting next to Donald Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York when he lifted the armrest and began to touch her.
“He was like an octopus… his hands were everywhere,” said Jessica Leeds, who was 38 at the time.
“It was an assault.”
A second woman, Rachel Crooks, said she was kissed on the lips by Donald Trump outside a lift in Trump Tower when she was a 22-year-old receptionist at a real estate company there.
“It was so inappropriate,” Rachel Crooks told the NYT.
“I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
Neither women reported their accounts to the authorities, but both shared what happened to them with friends and family.
In People magazine, meanwhile, writer Natasha Stoynoff said an incident took place in December 2005, when she went to interview the Trumps ahead of their first wedding anniversary.
Donald Trump said he wanted to show her around their Florida estate, including one “tremendous” room.
“We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat,” Natasha Stoynoff wrote.
A spokesman said the account in People had “no merit or veracity”.
Another woman, Mindy McGillivray, now 36, told the Palm Beach Post she was 23 when Donald Trump grabbed her bottom at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida in 2003.
Her companion that day, photographer Ken Davidoff, told the newspaper he remembers her pulling him aside moments afterwards and telling him: “Donald just grabbed my ass!”
Donald Trump’s campaign rejected this claim.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign said the “disturbing” New York Times story “sadly fits everything we know about the way Donald Trump has treated women”.
“These reports suggest that he lied on the debate stage and that the disgusting behavior he bragged about in the tape is more than just words.”
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