US Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump has cried out over fresh allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Speaking at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, Trump said that he was a victim of a ‘great political smear’ to damage his campaign, the BBC reports.
“It’s not hard to find a small handful of people willing to make false smears.
“They are coming after me to try and destroy what is considered by even them the greatest movement in the history of our country.”
“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,” he said.
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.
Trump insists that the allegations are all false and a “concerted effort” to take down his campaign.
The Republican had ignored calls by party members still backing him to focus on economic issues and not the allegations, even as polls suggest he is losing ground in some of the key ‘battleground’ states.
One of the new allegations involves Kristin Anderson, who told the Washington Post the property mogul touched her through her underwear at a Manhattan nightspot in the 1990s.
Ms Anderson, now 46, said she was “very grossed out and weirded out”.
She added: “It wasn’t a sexual come-on. I don’t know why he did it. It was like just to prove that he could do it, and nothing would happen.
The newspaper said it had approached Ms Anderson after learning of her story through a third party, and she had spent several days deciding whether to go public.
Meanwhile, Summer Zervos, who was a contestant on season five of The Apprentice in 2006, said the businessman forced himself on her at a Los Angeles hotel and began “thrusting his genitals”.
She had been invited by him to discuss job opportunities.
Ms Zervos, 41, told an emotional news conference in Los Angeles that she met him in 2007 in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where the businessman greeted her by kissing her on the mouth.
She said he 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”.
Ms Zervos fought back tears as she said Mr Trump attempted to lead her into the bedroom and “began thrusting his genitals”, even as she fended off his advances.
But Trump insists that the allegations are part of a global conspiracy by the “establishment”, including the media and powerful special interests, to defeat his campaign.
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