US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has wheeled out a panel of women, one of whom claims Bill Clinton raped her and Hillary Clinton intimidated her, in an indication things will turn ugly in Monday’s presidential debate.
Mr Trump held a press conference with four women, Kathy Shelton, Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey, with Ms Broaddrick re-iterating rape allegations against Mr Clinton she made in 2015.
Mr Broaddrick, who has previously alleged Mr Clinton raped her in a hotel room in 1978 while he was Arkansas attorney-general, was the third of the women to speak.
“I am Juanita Broaddrick and I’m here to support Donald Trump,” Ms Broaddrick said.
“I tweeted earlier actions speak louder than words and Mr Trump retweeted it.
“He might have said some bad words but Bill Clinton raped me and Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don’t think there is any comparison.”
Mr Trump also wheeled out Paula Jones who settled out of court with Mr Clinton in 1998 for $US850,000 ($A1.12 million) over sexual harassment allegations while Mr Clinton was Arkansas governor.
Another, Kathy Shelton, said said she could never forgive Ms Clinton who had represented her rapist in court 40 years ago when Ms Shelton was just 12.
Ms Shelton said Ms Clinton had attacked her credibility, despite knowing that her assailant was guilty – and later laughed about it in a taped interview.
“I am here to support Trump,” Ms Shelton said.
“At 12 years old, Hillary put me through something that a 12-year-old shouldn’t go through.
“She says she was for women and children. She was asked last year what happened and she said she was supposed to defend whether she did or not.
“Now she is laughing on faith and saying she knows they did it.”
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The bizarre development of parading out figures from Mr Clinton’s past comes after Mr Trump’s campaign was sent reeling by a 2005 tape that emerged over the weekend in which Mr Trump said “you can do anything” to women “when you’re a star” and is also heard saying “grab them by the p***y”.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s wife Melania issued a statement about the leaked tape, saying his words were “unacceptable and offensive to me”.
Further, she called on the nation and the world to accept Mr Trump’s apology and to support his efforts to support her husband to focus on the “key issues facing the nation and the world”.
“This does not represent the man that I know. He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world.”
Mrs Trump had not long married Mr Trump before the 2005 video incident and have been married since then.