The New York Times has just reported that two women have come forward accusing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of touching them inappropriately.
Both women, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks, each recall encounters with Trump in which he groped or kissed them without their consent.
The women claimed that they decided that they had to come forward with the allegations after watching Trump tell CNN's Anderson Cooper during the second presidential debate "no, I have not," when asked repeatedly did he ever "kiss women without consent or grope women without consent."
According to The Times, Jessica Leeds, who was 38 at the time but is now 74, said that she was on the same flight as Trump, sitting next to him in first class. She recounts that about 45 minutes into the flight, after a meal was served, Trump lifted the armrest, moved toward her and then began to grope her. Leeds says that Trump
"grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt. He was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere."
Here is a video of her telling her story put together by the New York Times...
Rachel Crooks told the Times she was kissed by Trump when she was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate investment and development company in Trump Tower in Manhattan. They met outside the elevator in 2005 -- she introduced herself and then they shook hands, but Trump would not let go, she said. Instead, he began kissing her cheeks and then he...
"kissed me directly on the mouth. It was so inappropriate. I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that."
Though neither of the women pursued legal action, both did recount the what happened to friends and family after the encounters.
The Trump campaign's Jason Miller issued a statement denying all the allegations, saying the reports were politically motivated...
"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,"
When the story broke tonight The New York Times writes that a highly agitated Mr. Trump denied the women’s claims saying “None of this ever took place,”. Trump then began shouting at The Times reporter who was questioning him saying that they were making up the allegations to hurt him and that he would sue the news organization if it reported them.“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter as she questioned him about the women’s claims.
Updates to come.