Attorney for Trump accuser responds to allegations

Attorney for Trump accuser responds to allegations
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump listens as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (not pictured) speaks during their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gloria Allred held a press conference on Sunday (October 16) to defend her client, Summer Zervos, one of the women accusing Donald Trump of sexual assault, after the Republican presidential candidate charged the women with fabricating their stories.

“Mr. Trump’s terrible smear campaign has been aimed at these brave women because they had the courage to come forward, and reveal what they claim he did to them after his own words condemned him,” said Allred.

Zervos, who competed on the fifth season of “The Apprentice” in 2006, has said Trump kissed her, touched her breast and tried to get her to lie down on a bed with him during a meeting about a possible job.

“Mr. Trump’s words captured on tape reveal his beliefs that he that the right to kiss, touch, and grope women at will because of his celebrity status, or as he says because he’s a star,” said Allred, introducing Ann Russo, an old friend of Zervos, who had flown to Los Angeles to corroborated Zervos’ story.

“She confided in me that after her appearance on ‘The Apprentice’ that she met with Mr. Trump to explore job opportunities. Summer told me that he was verbally, physically, and sexually aggressive with her and that she had rebuffed his advances,” said Russo, who said Zervos press conference on Friday brought her “to tears”.

In the last week, the Trump campaign struggled to respond to allegations from several women that Trump had groped them or made unwanted sexual advances over several decades. Trump said the reports were lies and part of a media conspiracy to defeat him.

All of the allegations came after The Washington Post disclosed a video from 2005 of Trump describing how he tried to seduce a married woman and bragged in vulgar terms how his celebrity allowed him to kiss and grope women without permission.

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