After enjoying a "very friendly, professional relationship" covering "all things Donald," that dynamic changed for People Magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff in 2005.
When we took a break for the then-very-pregnant Melania to go upstairs and change wardrobe for more photos, Donald wanted to show me around the mansion. There was one “tremendous” room in particular, he said, that I just had to see.
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.
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.
The butler informed us that Melania would be down momentarily, and it was time to resume the interview.
After the assault, and the interruption by the butler, Trump leaned towards Stoynoff to say, "You know we're going to have an affair, don't you?" When Melania Trump reentered the room, Trump "instantly reverted back to doting husband mode." Read Stoynoff's entire account here.
Stoynoff was not the only woman to take her story public on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the New York Times published accounts from two women, each claiming she was sexually assaulted by Donald Trump.
Both stories, from Stoynoff and the New York Times, lead with Trump's answer to a question from Anderson Cooper during the second presidential debate.
"Just for the record though," asked Cooper, "are you saying... that you did not actually kiss women without [their] consent?"
"No, I have not," responded Trump.