Politics

New allegations of sexual misconduct rock Trump campaign

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with Ellen Degeneres during a commercial break at a taping of The Ellen Show in Burbank, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Two more women have come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, including a former contestant on a reality show that starred the Republican presidential nominee. The latest accounts come after several other women reported in recent days that Trump groped or kissed them without their consent. Trump has denied the allegations, calling the women liars. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," said Trump made unwanted sexual advances toward her at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007, while photographer Kristin Anderson alleged Trump sexually assaulted her in a New York nightclub in the early 1990s.

He came to me and started kissing me open-mouthed as he was pulling me towards him. I walked away and I sat down in a chair. He was on a love seat across from me and I made an attempt at conversation. He then asked me to sit next to him. I complied. He then grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast.

Zervos, 41, at a news conference with Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred

Battered by the sordid new accusations of sexual misbehavior, Trump fought back in ever-more-remarkable fashion, acting out one woman's allegation onstage and suggesting another was not attractive enough to merit his attention. He defiantly denied a week's worth of accusations that have all but consumed his presidential bid just over three weeks before the election. "She would not be my first choice, that I can tell you," Trump said of one woman in a rambling attack on his female accusers as he campaigned in battleground North Carolina. The New York businessman said his staff wanted him to avoid the topic altogether but that he couldn't resist defending himself. He blamed the growing story on his opponent Hillary Clinton and an international media conspiracy, describing his female accusers as "sick" people seeking fame or money.

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