Trump sends legal notice to NYT over sexual harassment report
Reacting to the The New York Times story in which two women claimed the Republican presidential nominee touched them inappropriately, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has slapped a legal notice to the newspaper asking to retract the ‘reckless’ and ‘defamatory’ story.
Marc E Kasowitz, the attorney on behalf of the Republican presidential nominee, said: “Your article is reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se. It is apparent from, among other things, the timing of the article, that it is nothing more than a politically motivated effort to defeat Mr Trump’s candidacy.”
According to media reports, Kasowitz said: “That is why you apparently performed an entirely inadequate investigation to test the veracity of these false and malicious allegations, including why these two individuals waited, in one case, 11 years, and, in another case, more than three decades, before deciding to come forward with these false and defamatory statements.”
“Clearly, The New York Times is willing to provide a platform to anyone wishing to smear Mr Trump’s name and reputation prior to the election irrespective of whether the alleged statements have any basis in fact,” he said.
“We hereby demand that you immediately cease any further publication of this article, remove it from your website and issue a full and immediate retraction and apology. Failure to do so will leave my client with no option but to pursue all available actions and remedies,” Kasowitz said, in the legal notice.
Two women alleged that the Republican presidential nominee had touched them inappropriately — groping a woman in one instance and kissing a woman in another — during separate encounters that took place as long as three decades ago, The New York Times reported.
Reacting to the claim, the former reality TV presenter, before sending the legal notice, told the Times that there was no truth to either of the claims. Trump’s campaign spokesman, Jason Miller, in a statement, said: “The entire article is fiction” and accused the newspaper of launching “a completely false, coordinated character assassination”.
Following the report, another newspaper reported on Wednesday night that a woman said Trump groped her at his Mar-a-Lago estate 13 years ago. Trump’s campaign said her allegation “lacks any merit or veracity”. The women’s stories come less than a week after the publication of a 2005 recording in which the Republican nominee boasted of groping women.