"The phony story in the failing @nytimes is a TOTAL FABRICATION. Written by same people as last discredited story on woman. WATCH!" Trump tweeted Thursday.
People magazine published an account from a former writer who said Trump shoved her against a wall and tried to kiss her during a break in an interview for a story about the first anniversary of his marriage to
"During the presidential debate, Donald Trump lied about kissing women without their consent," Natasha Stoynoff wrote. "I should know. His actions made me feel bad for a very long time. They still do."
Trump also denied that account, tweeting: "Why didn't the writer of the twelve year old article in People Magazine mention the 'incident' in her story. Because it did not happen!"
Among other allegations: Beauty pageant contestants who say he walked into their dressing rooms unannounced, including
Jessica Ditto, deputy communications director for the Trump campaign, said in a statement that the charges "have no merit and have already been disproven by many other individuals who were present."
"When you see questionable attacks like this magically put out there in the final month of a presidential campaign, you have to ask yourself what the political motivations really are and why the media is pushing it," she said, adding that Trump "has a fantastic record of empowering women throughout his career."
That question came in response to the release of a tape, outtakes from the programAccess Hollywood, in which Trump said he could force himself on women because he is a celebrity.
The allegations also surface amid polls showing Trump falling further behind Clinton, both nationally and in key battleground states.
Trump has reacted, in part, by reviving allegations against former president
Trump's team responded to The New York Times story with a demand for a retraction and a lawsuit threat.
Claiming the story constitutes “reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se," Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz said in a letter that The Times is engaged in “a politically-motivated effort to defeat Mr. Trump’s candidacy."