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People Magazine Writer Claims Donald Trump ‘Physically Attacked’ Her

In the wake of mounting allegations against Donald Trump, including two women who told The New York Times that he groped them, a People Magazine writer is claiming that she was physically assaulted by the GOP nominee.

Natasha Stoynoff went to Mar-a-Lago, Florida, to interview Donald and (then-pregnant) Melania Trump in December 2005 about their first wedding anniversary, but the experience left her badly shaken. She recalled her encounter with the presidential hopeful in a lengthy column on Wednesday night.

While Melania stayed behind in a different part of the house, Donald told the reporter that he wanted her to see a special room in the house.

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“We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat,” Stoynoff recalled. “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,” she continued.

When reached for comment by People, a spokeswoman for Trump said, “This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story.”

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However, in her account, Stoynoff says Trump continued with his obscene behavior.

“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,” she wrote.

“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.’”

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In conclusion to her revelatory column, Stoynoff says: “Except for a few close friends and family, I didn’t talk about the incident. In time, I chalked it up to one of the hazards of a rollercoaster ride of celebrity journalism: I’d danced barefoot in Cannes with John Travolta, sang with Paul McCartney, talked about Bogie with Bacall, quoted Shakespeare with Brando, and Prince Andrew yelled at me until I cried. Oh, and Donald Trump forced himself on me. I tried to make myself believe it was no big deal,” she wrote.

“Only, it was. Now he’s running for president of our country. The other day, I listened to him talk about how he treats women on the “Access Hollywood” tape. I felt a strong mix of emotions, but shock wasn’t one of them.

“Just for the record, Mr. Trump, I did not consent,” she stressed.

Read Stoynoff’s full account here.

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