A deluge of sexual-misconduct allegations hit Donald Trump on Wednesday as five women came forward with claims that he groped, kissed or leered at them.
The accusations came just days after the Republican candidate denied at Sunday’s presidential debate that he had ever groped anyone inappropriately.
Two women told The New York Times that Trump abused them.
“He was like an octopus,” Jessica Leeds said. “His hands were everywhere.”
Leeds, now 74, said she was sitting in first class on a flight three decades ago when Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.
In a separate allegation, Rachel Crooks told the Times she was 22 years old and working at Trump Tower in 2005 when she shook hands with him, but he would not let go and then started to kiss her “directly on the mouth.”
“I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” she said.
When confronted with the claims Wednesday, Trump threatened to sue the Times.
“You are a disgusting human being,” Trump said to the reporter who asked him for his reaction. “None of this ever took place.”
Trump’s lawyers also released a letter addressed to the Times late Wednesday that demanded they “cease further publication” of the article.