According to a letter released by ABC reporter Candace Smith, lawyers for Donald Trump have sued the New York Times over their report published on October 12 titled “Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately.”
The piece includes testimony from two women who allege that sometime “thirty years ago,” Trump assaulted them. One of the women claims that Trump assaulted her publicly on a plane- that his hands were like “an octopus”- and that somehow nobody on the plane saw.
It is also suspicious, given Trump’s more than 40 years in the public eye and past 20 years as an extremely prominent reality TV star, that these allegations just happen to show up a month before the presidential election.
In a letter to the Times, Trump’s lawyers write:
“Your article is reckless, defamatory, and constitutes libel per se. It is apparent from, among other things, the timing of the article, that it is nothing more than a politically motivated effort to defeat Mr. Trump’s candidacy.”
The lawyers continue to lambast the Times for conducting an “entirely inadequate investigation to test the veracity of these false and malicious allegations, including why these two individuals waited, in one case, 11 years, and, in another case, more than three decades, before deciding to come forward with these false and defamatory statements.”
The letter ends with the lawyers demanding a retraction and an apology from the Times and threatening legal action if they do not comply.
Read the full letter below.