Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump denied multiple women’s claims that he sexually assaulted them as “totally and absolutely false”.
“The claims are preposterous, ludicrous and defy truth, common sense and logic,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Florida. “We already have substantial evidence to dispute these lies, and it will be made public in an appropriate way and at an appropriate time, very soon.”
Trump also said the allegations of sexual assault against is a “coordinated, vicious attack” from the media and the rival Hillary Clinton campaign.
In a story published on Wednesday by the New York Times, two women claimed the Republican presidential nominee had touched them inappropriately in the past. Following the report, a stream of similar allegations from other women flowed in, putting more pressure on the Trump campaign as it lags in national opinion polls and struggles to contain a crisis caused by the candidate’s comments about groping women without their consent which surfaced on Friday.
One of the women, Jessica Leeds, appeared on camera on the New York Times’ website to recount how Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt on a flight to New York in or around 1980.
The second woman, Rachel Crooks, described how Trump “kissed me directly on the mouth” in 2005 outside the elevator in Trump Tower in Manhattan, where she was a receptionist at a real estate firm.
Trump’s campaign earlier denied there was any truth to the New York Times accounts. It made public a letter to the newspaper from Marc Kasowitz, a lawyer representing Trump, demanding it retract the story, calling it “libelous,” and threatening legal action if it did not comply.