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