U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is threatening to sue the New York Times as he faces new groping allegations from four women.
It comes in the wake of a bombshell 2005 tape in which he boasts about groping and kissing women without consent.
When pressed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Sunday’s presidential debate, Trump flat out denied that he’d ever actually acted on the talk.
Two of the claims appear in a new report from the New York Times.
In one three-decade old case, a woman claims Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hands up her skirt on a flight, saying “he was like an octopus,” and that “his hands were everywhere.”
In the other, a receptionist for a real estate investment company says Trump kissed her on the cheeks and directly on the mouth after shaking her hand in 2005.
People Magazine has also published an account by one of its former reporters, Canadian and former Toronto Star reporter Natasha Stoynoff, alleging Trump pulled her into a room and forced himself upon her during a 2005 interview, while his pregnant wife Melania was getting changed for a photo shoot.
“Within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.”
A third report, in Florida’s Palm Beach Post quotes a photographer’s assistant who says Trump grabbed her behind during a shoot in 2003 at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
“All of a sudden I felt a grab, a little nudge. I think it’s Ken’s camera bag, that was my first instinct. I turn around and there’s Donald. He sort of looked away quickly.”
None of the incidents were reported at the time, but several of the woman have told reporters they were motivated to speak out after hearing Trump’s Sunday claim that he had never sexually touched women without their consent.
Trump has forcefully denied the allegations, and has threatened legal action against at least one.
In characteristic fashion, he also took to Twitter to dispute the claims.
The phony story in the failing @nytimes is a TOTAL FABRICATION. Written by same people as last discredited story on women. WATCH!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2016
Why didn't the writer of the twelve year old article in People Magazine mention the "incident" in her story. Because it did not happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2016
The denials come as Trump tries to salvage a campaign that has been derailed by allegations of sexual impropriety and an open revolt by establishment Republicans.
Trump has maintained that while he may have spoken in crude terms, it was “words and not action,” something he has dismissed as “locker room talk.”