Two more women said Friday that Republican Donald Trump sexually assaulted them amid a wave of accusations against the presidential candidate as he continues to dismiss the charges.
Summer Zervos, a former candidate on Trump's TV show The Apprentice, appeared at a press conference with celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred in Los Angeles to detail how he had made sexual advances when she had sought a job.
"You do not have the right to treat women as sexual objects just because you are a star," she said, noting she came forward after hearing other women's stories and seeing a video of him making lewd comments.
She said Trump had kissed her on the mouth during a meeting in his office and later made sexual advances during what she had thought would be a dinner meeting to discuss a job.
Despite the encounter, at which she repeatedly indicated she was not interested, Zervos said she continued to hold out hope that she would one day work for Trump, whom she viewed as a role model.
Another woman, Kristin Anderson, told the Washington Post that Trump had groped her at a nightclub in New York in the early 1990s.
Anderson said a man sat next to her on a couch in the nightclub and put his hand up her skirt. Only after she fled, did she look back and realize the man was Trump, she told the Post.
Trump spent a second day opening his campaign rallies with a denuciation of both the allegations and the media for spreading what he called lies.
"It's a total set up," he said at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina.
He charged "this whole eletion is being rigged" and said the media was "poisoning the minds of the electorate."
The allegations against Trump have become the major focus of the US election since a video from 2005 surfaced last week showing him lewdly talking about groping women against their will. Trump then denied during a debate that he had ever acted in such a manner and dismissed the remarks as "locker room talk."
Since then several women have spoken on the record about their encounters with Trump.
The allegations have overshadowed the release by website WikiLeaks of further emails tied to the Clinton campaign.
US President Barack Obama told voters in the key swing state of Ohio earlier on Friday that everything is at stake in the US election pitting Democrat Hillary Clinton against Trump.
"Donald Trump's closing argument is what do you have to lose? The answer is everything," Obama told a rally in Cleveland.
Obama urged Clinton supporters to take advantage of early voting before election day on November 8, telling them the progress made under his administration on bringing the economy back to health and other issues "goes out the window if we don't make the right choice right now."
Obama has stressed that Trump is not a typical Republican and unlike previous presidential opponents is not fit to hold the highest elected office in the nation.
"Democracy itself is on the ballot right now," Obama said.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 22:24
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 22:13