Days after Donald Trump denied that he’d ever kissed a woman without her consent, a reporter for People Magazine has come forward claiming that she was sexually assaulted by the business mogul back in 2005, around the same time his infamous audio clip with Billy Bush was recorded.
Natasha Stoynoff says she travelled to the lavish Mar-a-Lago estate to interview Trump and his new wife Melania for a first-wedding-anniversary feature story. When the then-very-pregnant Melania decided to go upstairs and change wardrobe for the accompanying photoshoot, Trump told Stoynoff he wanted to show her around the mansion. He allegedly told her he had one “tremendous” room in particular that he wanted her to see.
“We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us,” Stoynoff recounted. “I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.”
Now, I’m a tall, strapping girl who grew up wrestling two giant brothers. I even once sparred with Mike Tyson. It takes a lot to push me. But Trump is much bigger — a looming figure — and he was fast, taking me by surprise and throwing me off balance. I was stunned. And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.
The butler informed us that Melania would be down momentarily, and it was time to resume the interview.
I was still in shock and remained speechless as we both followed him to an outdoor patio overlooking the grounds. In those few minutes alone with Trump, my self-esteem crashed to zero. How could the actions of one man make me feel so utterly violated? I’d been interviewing A-list celebrities for over 20 years, but what he’d done was a first. Did he think I’d be flattered?
I tried to act normal. I had a job to do, and I was determined to do it. I sat in a chair that faced Trump, who waited for his wife on a loveseat. The butler left us, and I fumbled with my tape recorder. Trump smiled and leaned forward.
“You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?” he declared, in the same confident tone he uses when he says he’s going to make America great again. “Have you ever been to Peter Luger’s for steaks? I’ll take you. We’re going to have an affair, I’m telling you.” He also referenced the infamous cover of the New York Post during his affair with Marla Maples.
“You remember,” he said. “‘Best Sex I Ever Had.’ ”
Melania walked in just then, serene and glowing. Donald instantly reverted back to doting husband mode, as if nothing had happened, and we continued our interview about their wedded bliss. I nodded at his hollow words and smiled at his jokes, but I was nauseated. It didn’t seem to register to him in the slightest that what he’d done might have hurt or offended me, or his wife.
An hour later, I was back at my hotel. My shock began to wear off and was replaced by anger. I kept thinking, Why didn’t I slug him? Why couldn’t I say anything?
“This never happened,” a spokesman for Trump said of Stoynoff’s story. “There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story.”
It seems fishy that this woman would keep this story hidden throughout the entire presidential election, only to reveal it one month before voting. Do you think this story is true? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.