Natasha Stoynoff: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Natasha Stoynoff is an author who is accusing Donald Trump of sexual assault. (Goodreads)

Another woman is accusing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of sexual assault.

This comes hours after The New York Times reported on two women who described in great detail how Trump assaulted them, one nearly three decades ago and another more recently, in 2005. The Trump campaign says that neither of these incidents happened.

Some Miss USA and Miss Universe contestants have also been accusing Trump of harassment during their time working for the beauty competition.

The latest accusation is coming from Natasha Stoynoff, a writer for People Magazine. She is also a New York Times bestselling author who has written books such as The Godfather’s Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption and Life’s Little Emergencies: Everyday Rescue for Beauty, Fashion, Relationships, and Life.

Here’s what you need to know about Natasha Stoynoff and her story.

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1. She Was a Beat Reporter Covering Trump in the Early 2000s

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Natasha Stoynoff covered Donald Trump during the 2000s. (Twitter)

Natasha Stoynoff has worked for People Magazine for nearly two decades, according to her author profile page on Hay House’s website. She followed a variety of celebrities for the magazine, and she was assigned to write about Donald Trump in the early 2000s, as she describes in her piece.

This was during the time that Trump’s show The Apprentice was on the air. Stoynoff says that she had a good relationship with both Donald and Melania Trump for the majority of that time, going to the couple’s wedding in January 2005 and being taken on many tours of his real estate.

But in December 2005, Stoynoff alleges she was sexually assaulted by her interview subject.

2. She Says Trump Sexually Assaulted Her in 2005

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Donald Trump and his wife Melania at the Marc Jacobs after party during Olympus Fashion Week in September 2004. (Getty)

Stoynoff says that in 2005, she traveled to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in order to interview Donald and Melania Trump for a piece about their first wedding anniversary. But as soon as Melania left, Donald Trump allegedly took Stoynoff into another room and immediately began kissing her without consent.

“We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us,” she writes. “I turned around, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat.”

The author says that she tried to unpin herself from Trump, and he finally let her go when his butler interrupted. She goes on to recount how she felt incredibly violated and how she was afraid to say anything because a man with so much power might try to discredit her or sue her publication.

3. Trump Described This Exact Behavior in the Leaked Access Hollywood Tape

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Donald Trump at the Marc Jacobs fashion show in September 2004. (Getty)

What Stoynoff described will sound quite familiar to anyone who listened to the leaked Access Hollywood tape on which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women. In a conversation with Billy Bush, Trump says that whenever he sees a beautiful woman, he just starts kissing them without even saying anything.

“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them,” Trump says on the tape. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it.”

This tape was recorded the same year that the alleged incident between Donald Trump and Natasha Stoynoff took place.

4. She Came Forward Because of the Presidential Debate

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Donald Trump speaks at the second presidential debate. (Getty)

For many of these women coming forward today, it wasn’t the Access Hollywood footage that inspired them to finally talk about what happened to them. Rather, it was the moment during the second presidential debate when Trump denied that he ever sexually assaulted anyone the way that he describes on the tape. He dismissed the audio as nothing but locker room talk.

Stoynoff writes in her piece, “Talk is talk. But it wasn’t just talk in my case, it was very much action. And, just for the record, Mr. Trump, I did not consent.”

Jessica Leeds, who shared her story with The New York Times hours earlier, felt the same way, telling the Times that it was Trump’s recent denial of his alleged past that sparked her decision to speak out.

“I wanted to punch the screen,” Leeds said of her experience watching Trump’s denial at the presidential debate, The New York Times reports.

5. Trump Denies That These Incidents Took Place

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Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Presidential Debate at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty)

As all of these various accusations of sexual assault are coming out, the Trump campaign flatly denies that any of them occurred. When asked for a comment on Stoynoff’s story, Trump told People, “This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story.”

This is quite similar to the statement his campaign issued after The New York Times released their story, with Communications Director Jason Miller saying that the “entire article is fiction.” He also implied that there’s no way someone with as high a profile as Trump would have been able to get away with sexual assault.

“It is absurd to think that one of the most recognizable business leaders on the planet with a strong record of empowering women in his companies would do the things alleged in this story, and for this to only become public decades later in the final month of a campaign for president should say it all,” the statement reads.

In an interview on CNN today, Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway struggled to defend reports of Trump’s past behavior, repeatedly pivoting to other topics.

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  1. The Enquirer did a whole investigation on Trump. And if these women had passed a polygraph test, then their stories would have been published by the Enquirer. I bet these women did not pass the polygraph test. I bet they vote DNC and are DNC plants to discredit Trump. Let their polygraph results be known.

        • Trump isn’t taking any polygraph. His lawyers wouldn’t let him, for one, they know the guy’s a skunk. The coward won’t even release his taxes, you think he’s going to allow himself to get caught in a lie? Even if the test shows he lied, he would claim the testing was faulty, the tester had it in for him, the results were switched, Hillary and Bill switched the results, and on and on and on with his bullspit. The guy’s a snake and a con artist. Always has been.

        • It would be far more telling to have Trump take a functional magnetic resonance test….can’t fool that machine, and unlike a polygraph, there will be no inconclusive results or nebulous outcomes.

        • How about Hillary and Donald both hook up to a polygraph and they take turns asking each other questions on a live debate. Maybe put a truth/lie meter above them at the same time. No, it’ll never happen, they would both fail.

    • Oh really? The tabloid paper owned by Donald Trump’s closest personal friend David J. Pecker, did a “whole investigation on Trump?” What language do you prefer I pronounce you a liar in?

      • My theory is – Have Mr. Trump AND Ms. Clinton, AND all these accusers take polygraphs for ALL their actions. Why the hell not? But we know people can beat them. Hillary laughed on tape about getting a rapist off with his polygraph..

        • Granted some people can be a False Negative on the Polygraph. But it’s a tool that can be used in assessing a person’s truthfulness nonetheless. Blood work, MRI scans, CT scans, X-rays, EKGs all have false positive and false negative results–they’re not 100% accurate. But they’re still used because they help give information to form a decision, which can be a life or death decision.

          • Polygraphs measure arousal (as in from anxiety, fear, depression, strong emotions, etc.), not truthfulness. It’s not a matter of them giving false positives or not. They don’t actually measure truthfulness at all. People can be stressed while telling the truth, or be completely calm telling a lie. Polygraph tests are inherently subjective and are dependent on the specific methods used by examiners. The main strength of the polygraph test lies in subjects believing that it’s a lie detector rather than it actually being an accurate lie detector. Most of the world has stopped using polygraph tests anyways.

        • She didn’t laugh. She did her job. Defense attorney defend their clients no matter how the attorney feels because every person accused of a crime in the US has a right to an attorney who does his or her best job. You would want the same if charged with a crime. And that’s that.

          • Exactly, so awful how trumpers twist this story to paint Hillary laughing jovially at a 12 year old rape victim, absolutely ridiculous

          • so, asking a little girl who was brutally raped to the point that she was in a coma…asking that little girl if ‘she wanted it’.. is part of her job? no, its vile. it had nothing to do with defending anyone. even if the child undressed begged.. she’s below the age of consent. had NOTHING to do with whether or not a rape occurred. its people like you that make this world a terrible place. lawyers do not have to be scumbags to do their job.

      • I have a copy of the Enquirer regarding their investigation on Trump. And Trump’s clean. I’m presuming that David J Pecker and those who wrote the piece on Trump were fair, balanced, and objective. If you have evidence to the contrary, cite your sources and references. Also, gives us your Premises which you believe are True. So, that we can research and challenge them if needed.

      • According to Wikileaks, the Clintons tell the NYT, CNN, Univision, Boston Herald and MSNBC what QUESTIONS TO ASK, What quotes they can publish and what articles to write.

    • These sources are from different decades , they don’t know each other, their accusations don’t seem rehearsed and they have video of Trump saying he did those things on multiple occasions. I think that some of the COSBY accusers are believable. All of these women are much more believable. They all pass the laugh test .

  2. This is now really hard to believe..less than a month before the election.. Clinton is looking for dirt paying for anything.. Sorry if this was true you should’ve of said something many many years ago.

    • I agree And one look at that picture from her now-deleted twitter account casts even more doubt. To put it as kindly as possible, I don’t see how there would be any temptation. And why delete the twitter account which she had had since 2009 (and go into hiding?) if she is telling the truth?

      • Hmmmmm….. Why hide from a bunch of insane Trump supporters who chant like a mob and cheer violence. Hmmmmm… Why come out now? Probably because Donald gets caught on tape and makes false statement after false statement. He is a petty little man.

  3. If making a failed pass at a woman constitutes “sexual assault”, three-quarters of males aged 16 and up would be in jail. No private parts were touched — not by her own account. He made a pass at her. That makes him a creep, not a sexual predator…like Bill.

      • This is like the story of that news reporter that, claimed Trump campaign manager grabbed her arm and threw her to the ground, and she made a police report and everyone found out later it was all bullshit I believe that was when he won the Primary.

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  5. This story is going to change my mind I’m going to vote for Hillary, so she can allow Millions are Isis Muslim Fighters into our country, so they can rape our women, behead are men so they can kill all the Christians the Catholics the Jews the Buddhist the monks the atheist oh yes this story has really changed my mind to help kill America destroying its values and our way of life

  6. I am so saddened by all this disgusting trump news. Now, I feel zi can’t vote at all. I WAS so looking forward to voting for a Trump.And I will never vote for sneaky I am stuck.

  7. Wow, that is *not* an attractive woman. She is right up Bill Clinton’s alley though. Maybe he has a cigar for her.

    I am curious as to why a *billionaire* would make a habit out of engaging in high risk, high liability actions like that with a straight up 5 out of 10? Especially when his wife in the room next door is a 10.

    And *why* isn’t Melanie suspicious?

    • Have you noticed that both women said Trump’s wife was pregnant at the time and these allegations were years apart.

      There are men who find their wives either unattractive or an untouchable vessel during pregnancy.

      Don’t know what did or didn’t happen but that stuck with me as I’ve known of a few men who were like that when their wives were pregnant.

    • Dude, perverts just get bored of their wife easily no matter how beautiful she is. I am sure Melanie knows all this but she is just there for money and good life. Why would a beautiful girl marry a guy 25 years older if not for wealth. Pause and think. This guy is a pervert and no amount of pretty girls satisfy him. She may be 5 for you now but when he is horny, she looks like 50 for him.

  8. Lie witness news More Jew lies the greatest deceivers trough out all history. They always destroy their host from within that is the reward of every country that has given these demons refuge trough out history. Jewish lies . The jews plan to genocide all Christians. They hold intergenerational grudges of hate for thousands of years. They have committed many genocides in Ukraine and Russia and many other countries. They seek to destroy All Christians and Trump with their lies for their satanic NWO.

  9. That is one vary Ugly transgendered woman. So she made a move for Trump and he turned her down flat. Yuk that is one vary ugly Liar . Trump has a beautiful wife . He would never do That ugly disgusting homely stinking skank.

  10. Mr. Trump said today, “Look at her! I don’t think so!” As if she was to unattractive to assault. Trump just can’t stop digging his own grave.

  11. Sorry “Donald Trump….. Your fired”” Im sick of this man, He has never lived in reality. He thinks he is above the law. He has totally no business being in this run for being our next President. Saw a interview today from a woman who worked for him for 17 years, and she said This is just how he acts, He always talked about woman this way, and how many women were after him blahhhhhhhh blahhhhhhhh blahhhhhhhhhhhh. He is done, he made his bed now he can just lay in it. He is old and fat . His family is defending him sad very sad.I feel sorry for his wife and his daughters. I’m sure they deep down inside know what he is , what he has said, and how he acts, its very clear to me and this was way before a lot of this crap came out, he is a bully , period. He is everything I would not want my child to grow up and become,

  12. Bill Clinton said I did not have sexual relations with that woman. He only had his penis in her mouth. She was a subordinate. There were many. Rape accusation. Now we are acting like kissing someone is the same as rape. It is rude and disgusting, but hardly qualifies as a sexual assault. These women are not even saying he pulled out his penis or that they felt his hard dick on their leg. Bill Clinton is a Bill Cosby. And Hilary stands by her man. Donald Trump is rude and hits on women in an unacceptable way, but still there are no rape accusations. Of course there will be now as the democratic party is desperate.. Neither Donald nor Hilary should be president. Hilary however has proved herself a liar and a crook. Bring back Bernie.

    • Oh yes and i am voting for Jill Stein. I am not defending disgusting Donald Trump. The fact is Bill and Hilary are worse morally. Jill Stein is a vegetarian and seems to be a more honest forthright candidate. I can’t vote for the Clintons. And yes voting for Hilary is voting for The Clintons.

    • In case you wanted know: Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape. Sexual assault is a sexual act in which a person is coerced or physically forced to engage against their will, or a non-consensual sexual touching of a person. Sexual assault is a form of sexual violence, and it includes rape (such as forced vaginal, anal or oral penetration or drug facilitated sexual assault), groping, forced kissing, child sexual abuse, or the torture of the person in a sexual manner.[1][2][3]

  13. Trump raped the reporter doing a story on him and his marriage to Melania…? That’s… going to be a hard pill to swallow 10+ years after the fact.

  14. Pants on Fire Ladies. You can say anything, but you have no proof. NONE. Say it under oath and with a polygraph and we’ll see about it. But this close to the election, I’m calling BS, and hope you have really good lawyers. You are going to need them.

  15. The NYT did a similar hit piece using the contestant named PreJean. She was so outraged by the article and claimed that it was entirely fiction.

    NYT has a history of lying about Trump.


  17. The way I see it Donald Trump is a hypocrite. He likes to call Mrs. Clinton a liar, well he can just paint himself with that same brush now. That is him on the video tape and the words he uses indicates that these are things he has done. When pressed on whether he did these things or not he said no. So which time was he lying? Was he being a braggart who grossly over inflated and stated his ‘prowess’ or did he really do these things? Either way at one point in time he LIED!!!! No matter which way you go with this you can’t deny that because ‘I just do this’ to ‘ no I didn’t’ is a contradiction.

  18. New York is a city with 8 million stories. People magazine chose to publish Natasha’s story because it fit the political agenda of the Democrats and liberals that operate and own People magazine: Time, Inc. There does not appear to be any additional evidence to support this claim. It is Natasha’s word against Donald Trump’s, simple as that. Several other similar stories are in the process of being discredited , not by the Trump campaign but relatives and friends of the accusers. If you throw enough manure on the wall some will stick. People has made its living publishing scandal, half truths & the boring lifestyles of celebrities. People magazine should not be involved in the political debate now before us. It is not a serious publication and People magazine does not have the “chops” to print serious news.

  19. I don’t know why people are so hung up on Trumps sexual rumors, we have had presidents in the past that used and abused women many times, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton to name a few. Also you had Ted Kennedy who killed a women, I think there are a lot more serious problems to consider than a candidates sexual behavior. Besides if you really want to consider that, then probably half of congress will be affected. Lets get off the personal attacks and worry about the real issues like Supreme Court nominees, immigration, jobs……etc

  20. LIE – He did NOT claim to assault or do anything against a woman’s will. His point was that (GOLD DIGGER/) Celebrity chaser women with LET YOU KISS and touch them. Like most of the press – you lie about what was actually said

  21. I just cancelled my subscription to People Magazine: Brendon Morrow’s article about Donald Trump. If there is not indisputable proof that this accusation is true, People Magazine shouldn’t have run the article. It demeans your publication. You have now
    thoroughly turned off those of your subscribers who will be voting for Trump. Hopefully, they will follow my lead and cancel their subscriptions to People Magazine.

  22. I just cancelled my subscription to People Magazine: Brendon Morrow’s article about Donald Trump. If there is not indisputable proof that this accusation is true, People Magazine shouldn’t have run the article. It demeans your publication. You have now
    thoroughly turned off those of your subscribers who will be voting for Trump. Hopefully, they will follow my lead and cancel their subscriptions to People Magazine.