Donald Trump has refuted claims that he forced himself on a real-estate investor 12 years ago, saying he'd never do that "In a public space with live security."
Rachel Crooks was one of the first women to accuse the President of sexual misconduct and has now repeated her story, just days after it was announced that she was running for political office in Ohio.
Crooks told the Washington Post that Trump "forced himself" on her beside the elevator in Trump Tower, where she was working. She claims he asked whether she wanted to be a model, before kissing her for two whole minutes.
However Trump, who married his wife Melania a year before the alleged encounter took place, has now responded, using Twitter to issue a full and frank denail.
"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," Trump wrote.
"Never happened! Who would do this in a public space with live security 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."
A total of 19 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, most of them coming forward since the real estate mogul launched his election campaign in 2015.
Trump has also faced criticism for boasting about groping women and making remarks perceived to be sexist about the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron.