In a tweet that featured a photo of a legal document,Melania Trump announced she was seeking an apology and retraction for a story NatashaStoynoff wrote this weekfor Peoplethat alleged she had beenassaulted by Donald Trump in 2005.
Melania Trump demands retraction, apology from People for story about Donald assaulting writer in 2005
Trump wants the magazine to retract the writer's claims that the two were on friendly terms.
Stoynoff, who worked the magazine’s Trump beat, wrote in a story posted on Wednesday that Donald pushed her against the wall and forced “his tongue down my throat” while a then-pregnant Melania was changing for a photo shoot at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.
Stoynoff also wrote about Donald telling her “you know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?” and being told by a masseuse that he had been waiting for her during a spa appointment she arrived late to.
According to the document, Melania is demanding an apology and retraction for a portion of the story in which Stoynoff wrote that the two had been friendly with each other while the writer was covering Trump.
In the story, Stoynoff recalled running into Melania on Fifth Avenue a few months after requesting to be taken off the Trump beat following the alleged incident at Mar-a-Lago.
“That winter, I actually bumped into Melania on Fifth Avenue, in front of Trump Tower as she walked into the building, carrying baby Barron,” Stoynoff wrote. “‘Natasha, why don’t we see you anymore?’ she asked, giving me a hug.
"I was quiet and smiled, telling her I’d missed her, and I squeezed little Barron’s foot. I couldn’t discern what she knew.”
The document filed Thursday by the Harder, Mirell & Abrams law firm denied the two were friendly and Melania “would not have even recognized Ms. Stoynoff if they had encountered one another on the street.”
People issued a statement Thursday night about the story:
“We stand steadfastly by [Stoynoff], and are proud to publish her clear, credible account of what happened.
“It is heartbreaking that her fear of retaliation by Trump kept her from reporting the incident when it happened. She has carried this secret for more than a decade, and we hope that by coming forward now she is relieved of that burden.”