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Donald Trump says he would never sexually harass a woman ‘in public’

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Donald Trump said sexually harassing a woman where there were cameras did not make sense. Photo: Getty
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US President Donald Trump has hit out at a woman accusing him of sexual harassment, saying he would never do such a thing “in public”.

Rachel Crooks, who has previously called for a Congressional investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Mr Trump, retold her story on the front page of the Washington Post on Wednesday morning (AEDT).

Ms Crooks is one of at least 19 women who have accused Mr Trump of sexual misconduct over the decades prior to his presidency.

The President angrily refuted her latest claims, which allege he forced himself on her and kissed her on the 24th floor of New York’s Trump Tower in 2006.

In a Twitter post, Mr Trump branded the Post as “fake media” and implied the actions described by Ms Crook wouldn’t make sense.

“A woman I don’t know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met, is on the FRONT PAGE of the Fake News Washington Post saying I kissed her (for two minutes yet) in the lobby of Trump Tower 12 years ago. Never happened! Who would do this in a public space with live security……,” he wrote.

“….cameras running. Another False Accusation. Why doesn’t @washingtonpost report the story of the women taking money to make up stories about me? One had her home mortgage paid off. Only @FoxNews so reported…doesn’t fit the Mainstream Media narrative.”

Ms Crooks told the Post that Mr Trump was only the second man to ever kiss her at the time of the alleged incident.

She maintains she has not sought financial compensation. 

”I just want people to listen. How many women have to come forward? What will it take to get a response,” she was quoted as saying. 

Ms Crooks, an international student recruiter at Ohio’s Heidelberg University who lives in a pro-Trump county, said she has weathered stares from neighbours, online harassment, and death threats since going public with her claims. 

She said she felt “feelings of self-doubt and insignificance” for a decade before becoming emboldened to tell her story after she began to hear other women’s claims ahead of the 2016 US election. 

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Ms Crooks has called for a Congressional investigation into Mr Trump. Photo: Getty

Ms Crooks was one of three women who publicly claimed to have been harassed by Mr Trump and called for a Congressional investigation into the allegations in December.

The women held a joint media conference where they repeated their accounts of being groped, fondled and forcibly kissed by the businessman-turned-politician.

“Unfortunately, this behaviour isn’t rare in our society, and people of all backgrounds can be victims. The only reason I am here today is that this offender is now the President of our country,” Ms Crooks said at the time.

The firsthand accounts came after stirring details of the accusations were shared on US television.

The women, who appear in a new documentary about the President’s accusers – 16 Women and Donald Trump – called for Congress to conduct an ethics investigation into their allegations.

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