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Trump faces new sexual assault claims

Donald Trump has denied the slew of allegations, calling them lies. In photo: Kristin Anderson (L) and Summer Zervos (R). Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters Washington Oct 15, 2016, 02.02 AM (IST)

Two more women have come forward accusing US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of sexual misconduct on Friday. 

Summer Zervos, a contestant in the fifth season of Trump's show "The Apprentice" and Kristin Anderson, a former aspiring model are the latest to allege sexual assault. 

Zervos said she remained in contact with Trump even after he "fired" her from the show, considering him as her mentor, AFP reported her saying. 

In 2007, she had a dinner appointment with Trump for a job at the Beverly Hills hotel, but instead, she alleged Trump took her to a bungalow and started kissing and touching her. 

Zervos told a news conference in Los Angeles, "He began kissing me aggressively and placed his hand on my breast."

"He put me in an embrace and I tried to push him away. I pushed his chest to put space between us and I said 'come on man, get real.' He told her to, 'get real', as he began thrusting his genitals," she added. 

Zervos said she decided to come forward after she heard Trump saying that he had never touched a woman without her consent, during last Sunday's debate. 

Trump's comments had come after a video released by the Washington Post, boasting about getting away with groping and kissing women forcibly as he was a famous personality. 

Kristin Anderson told the Washington Post, that in the early 1990's, at a nightclub Trump had reached under her skirt and molested her. 

Trump denies 

Donald Trump on Friday said he is " a victim" of a smear campaign at a rally in North Carolina and denied Zervos's allegations.

"I am a victim of one of the great political smear campaigns in the history of our country. They are coming after me to try and destroy what is considered by even them, the greatest movement in the history of our country," Reuters quoted him as saying. 

During the rally, Trump had said "I actually think I am doing well with women," when he was joined on stage by several women including his daughter-in-law and Omarosa Maginault. 

Maginault, a former contestant in Trump's television show " The Apprentice" led the crowd to cheer for Trump, "When I say 'Trump train', you say 'Choo. Choo!"

Only two weeks from the election, the recent string of sexual assault allegations against Trump has hit his campaign that was already scrambling to recover from the last week's video. 

National polls indicate a large number of women voters are disenchanted with Trump. The support for his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton has been rising ever since, with a poll showing she was leading the race by 7 percentage points.

(WION with inputs from agencies)


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