Two women are accusing GOP nominee Donald J. Trump of inappropriate touching, according to The New York Times.
The candidate denied their accounts to a Times reporter.
The women, one in Manhattan and another in Ohio, were incensed when Trump maintained at the second presidential debate that he did not kiss women on the lips without their permission or grab their genitals.
Jessica Leeds, 74, watched the debate at home on TV. She told the Times it was like Trump lied right to her face.
“I wanted to punch the screen,” she said.
Leeds alleges that she was the unwilling recipient of an assault at the hands of Trump 30 years ago when she was a businesswoman at a paper company.
She said Trump, sitting next to her in first class on a flight, started groping her 45 minutes after take-off, touching her breasts and attempting to put his hand up her skirt.
“He was like an octopus,” she told the Times. “His hands were everywhere.”
Rachel Crooks told a similar tale, the Times reported. As a 22-year-old receptionist at a real estate company in Trump Tower in 2005, she introduced herself when she met the business mogul while waiting for an elevator.
Crooks alleges that while shaking hands, Trump held her hand, pulled her forward, kissed her cheeks and then kissed her “directly on the mouth.”
“It was so inappropriate,” Crooks told the Times. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
Brianne Webb, Crooks’ sister, said she remembered getting a phone call from her sister that day.
“She was very worked up about it,” Webb told the Times. “Being from a town of 1,600 people, being naïve, I was like ‘Are you sure he didn’t just miss trying to kiss you on the cheek?’ She said, ‘No, he kissed me on the mouth.’ I was like, ‘That is not normal.’”
When the Times called Trump on Tuesday about the allegations, he grew “highly agitated” and denied every claim, threatening to sue the reporter on the phone for concocting a story to hurt him.
“None of this ever took place,” Trump told the reporter, calling him a “disgusting human being.”
“Now we know he lied straight up,” Ross recalled sayingwhile watching Trump deny his words on Sunday.
“His behavior is deep seated in his character,” Leeds wrote in an email, the Times reported.
“To those who would vote for him, I would wish for them to reflect on this.”