One of the women who has accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct retells her story in a front-page Washington Post feature that caught the attention of the president himself. "A woman I don't know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met, is on the FRONT PAGE of the Fake News Washington Post saying I kissed her (for two minutes yet) in the lobby of Trump Tower 12 years ago," he tweeted about Rachel Crooks. "Never happened!" He added that it makes no sense he would do such a thing in a public place, in view of security cameras. "Another False Accusation," he wrote, adding that the media should instead report on "the women taking money to make up stories about me." Crooks maintains that when she was a 22-year-old receptionist at Trump Tower in 2006, Trump "forced himself on me" with an unwanted kiss on the lips.
Crooks says she went over to Trump to introduce herself as he waited for an elevator. "He started kissing me on one cheek, then the other cheek," she says. "He was talking to me in between kisses, asking where I was from, or if I wanted to be a model. He wouldn't let go of my hand, and then he went right in and started kissing me on the lips.” The 35-year-old is now telling the story more frequently as she runs in her first political race to become a Democratic state representative in Ohio. The Post story notes that she has asked Trump to release tapes from security cameras that day. Barring that, she cites emails she sent at the time, including to her mom: "Hey Ma, my day started off rough ... had a weird incident with Mr. Trump." And to another relative: "Ah yes, the Donald kiss ... very creepy man, let me tell you!"