Trump Campaign: Groping Story 'Completely False'
3rd woman comes forward in Florida
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2016 1:26 AM CDT
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Ocala, Fla.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – A bombshell New York Times story on two women who say Donald Trump forced himself on them is "fiction" and it is "dangerous" for the paper to launch a "completely false, coordinated character assassination" on the candidate, according to a campaign statement that accuses the NYT of "trivializing 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," writes campaign communications chief Jason Miller, accusing the NYT of setting "a new low for where the media is willing to go in its efforts to determine this election."

Trump's lawyers have written an open letter to the NYT, calling the story "libel," demanding a retraction, and threatening to sue, CNN reports. The Trump denials came as a third woman alleged Trump had groped her. Mindy McGillivray tells the Palm Beach Post that 13 years ago, when she was 23, she was assisting photographer Ken Davidoff during an event at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate when Trump groped her rear. Davidoff says he remembers McGillivray pulling him aside and saying, "Donald just grabbed my ass!" She says she decided to keep it quiet, but came forward after Trump claimed during Sunday's debate that he had never groped a woman.