The picture was taken the same day Stoynoff says Trump cornered her against a wall and forcibly kissed her. Trump’s wife Melania was pregnant with their son Barron at the time of the alleged incident.
Stoynoff met with Trump and Melania in 2005 for a joint interview and photo shoot when the incident happened. It wasn’t until October 2016 that Stoynoff revealed publicly for the first time what happened.
“Donald wanted to show me around the mansion,” Stoynoff said. “There was one ‘tremendous’ room in particular, he said, that I just had to see. We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.”
— People (@people) December 12, 2017
When Stoynoff went public, Trump called her a “liar.”
Trump’s knee-jerk reaction to his accusers comes amid the ongoing #MeToo moment, which has toppled powerful men in the media, business and politics. At the press conference Monday, four accusers called on Congress to investigate the accusations and expressed concern that other men were being held accountable for their alleged behavior while the president remained exempt.
In a tweet from this Tuesday, Trump accused Democrats of “fabricating” the accusations.
“Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia,” Trump tweeted. “so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!”
Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
As People Magazine points out, six people “in whom Stoynoff confided in 2005, including several of her People colleagues and her former journalism professor, corroborated Stoynoff’s story.”
The way momentum is building, Trump’s history of sexual misconduct may come back to haunt him faster than anything Robert Mueller is investigating.
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