U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman who says he forcibly kissed her when she worked at Trump Tower in New York over a decade ago.
Rachel Crooks, who initially came forward during the 2016 presidential election campaign, is one of over a dozen women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.
Crooks came amid women speaking up about workplace harassment as part of the #MeToo movement.
“A woman I don’t know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met.
“She is on the FRONT PAGE of the Fake News Washington Post saying I kissed her for two minutes in the lobby of Trump Tower 12 years ago,’’ Trump tweeted in response to a report by the newspaper.
“Never happened! Who would do this in a public space with live security,’’ he stressed.
Crooks said Trump repeatedly kissed her on the cheeks and mouth during an introductory conservation when she was a 22-year-old receptionist at Trump Tower.
Following Trump’s election, she became one of several women to push Congress to investigate alleged sexual misconduct by Trump, but the investigation went nowhere.
However, the White House has repeatedly denied the allegations.