US Election 2016: Trump 'groped woman like an octopus'

Donald Trump is facing a series of allegations of inappropriate sexual contact, after US media outlets reported claims from several women.

Two women told the New York Times that the Republican presidential runner groped or kissed them.

A reporter for People magazine wrote a first person account describing being forcibly kissed by the property tycoon.
Mr Trump’s campaign have rejected the claims, describing the NYT article as “defamatory”.

His 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”.

Late last week, a video shot in 2005 emerged which showed Mr Trump making obscene remarks about groping women.

He apologised 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 the businessman-turned-politician.

‘So upset’

In the NYT, Jessica Leeds, 74, from Manhattan, said she had been sitting next to Mr 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 Ms Leeds, who was 38 at the time. “It was an assault.”

Source: BBC

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