Melania Trump addresses the recent string of sexual assault allegations leveled at her husband, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 airing Monday, October 17th at 8 p.m. ET.
Trump has faced numerous allegations over the past week. Jessica Leeds told The New York Times that, in 1980, Trump groped her breasts and attempted to put his hands up her skirt on an airplane. Rachel Crooks told the Times that, in 2005, he forced himself on her outside an elevator. People journalist Natasha Stoynoff claimed that, while on assignment from the magazine, Trump pushed her against a wall and forced his tongue down her throat.
Trump has repeatedly denied the accusations. Last Wednesday, his lawyer issued a threatening letter to New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, demanding a retraction for the “reckless, defamatory” article.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Trump campaign advisor AJ Delgado argued that the allegations are false, evidenced by the timing. “These allegations are decades old,” he said. “If somebody actually did that, Chris, any reasonable woman would have come forward and said something.”
Earlier this month, The Washington Post published a 2005 tape featuring a lewd conversation between the Republican and Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, during which Trump bragged about grabbing women’s genitals without consent.
“The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me. This does not represent the man that I know. He has the heart and mind of a leader, “Melania Trump said in a statement following the leak. “I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world.”