Trump tweets denial of woman's claim he kissed her without consent


The tweet is the latest attempt by Trump to dismiss the stories of at least 15 women who have come forward with a series of accusation against him, ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women.

Trump has continued to deny the allegations against him amid a national reckoning over sexual misconduct. She's been telling her story publicly since the fall of 2016, and the page one story in today's Washington Post contains little new detail.

Ms Crooks, an worldwide student recruiter at Ohio's Heidelberg University who lives in a pro-Trump county, said she has weathered stares from neighbours, online harassment, and death threats since going public with her claims.

Ms Crooks was working as a receptionist for a company on the 24th floor of New York's Trump Tower in 2006, aged 22, and she would see the businessman regularly as he took the lift up to his residence.

'He started kissing me on one cheek, then the other cheek.

'The whole thing probably lasted two minutes, maybe less'.

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Meanwhile, Crooks, who is a candidate for state representative in OH, wrote in a tweet that she'd be happy to have the footage of the incident released, reiterating that the assault did not happen in the lobby, but rather in the hallway outside the 24th floor elevator bank. "He wouldn't let go of my hand, and then he went right in and started kissing me on the lips", she told the Post.

Trump has denied ever meeting her. He claimed he did not know, "and, to the best of my knowledge, never met" Crooks. "Only @FoxNews so reported.doesn't fit the Mainstream Media narrative", he tweeted.

"That some men think they can use their power, position or notoriety to demean and attack women speaks to their character, not ours", says Crooks, who is herself now running for elective office.

Now 35 years of age, Crooks is now running for state legislature in OH as a Democrat, in House District 88.

The claims have gained renewed attention after Trump lawyer Michael Cohen acknowledged he paid former porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in 2016. She alleges that while she and Trump waited for an elevator, he held her hand and began kissing her against her will.

The White House responded with a list of three people.