Donald Trump

Donald Trump denied the report by The New York Times, published on 12 October, where two women accuse him of inappropriately touching them, saying that it is a political attack.

Jessica Leeds (74), a former businesswoman whose account was published by the NYT, said the billionaire businessman groped her as she sat beside him in an aeroplane to New York more than three decades ago.

The New York Times reports say:

About 45 minutes after takeoff, she recalled, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her.

According to Ms. Leeds, Mr. Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.

'He was like an octopus,' she said. 'His hands were everywhere.'

She fled to the back of the plane. 'It was an assault,' she said."

Another woman, identified as Rachel Crooks, recounted her traumatic incident with Trump in 2005. The incident happened when she was a 22-year-old receptionist working at a real estate company in Trump Tower and met Donald Trump in an elevator.

The report describes:

Aware that her company did business with Mr. Trump, she turned and introduced herself. They shook hands, but Mr. Trump would not let go, she said. Instead, he began kissing her cheeks. Then, she said, he 'kissed me directly on the mouth.'

It didn't feel like an accident, she said. It felt like a violation.

'It was so inappropriate,' Ms. Crooks recalled in an interview. 'I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.' "

The victim further narrates that after several days Trump turned up at her office and asked her phone number. When she enquired about the reason, Trump said that he was going to pass it to his modeling agency. However, the modelling agency never contacted her.

However, Donald Trump denied both of these incidents and called it a political vendetta against him.

According to Agence France-Presse, senior communicators advisor Jason Miller said in a statement:  "This entire article is fiction, and for the New York Times to launch a completely false, coordinated character assassination against Mr Trump on a topic like this is dangerous."

"To reach back decades in an attempt to smear Mr Trump trivialises sexual assault, and it sets a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election," he added.

The New York Times claims that Trump was extremely anxious when he was asked about the authenticity of the women's claims. The newspaper also said that he vehemently denied them, saying "none of this ever took place" and threatened that he will sue them if the report was published.

This incident happened days after a 2005 recording of him bragging about groping and kissing women came to light.

In the recording, Trump was seen talking with Billy Bush and boasting in vulgar terms about trying to have sex with an unidentified married woman. "When you're a star, they let you do it," he said in the video, Reuters reported.

Several leaders from the Republican Party denounced the remarks which were first published by the Washington Post.

Paul Ryan, House of Representatives Speaker and the top Republican elected official, said on Saturday that Trump will no longer attend a campaign event in Wisconsin with him. He said he was extremely "sickened" by the comments made by Trump.