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Six People Have Come Forward to Back Up a Trump Sex Assault Claim

If Trump's accusers are just part of a vast conspiracy to smear him—as he claims—then all these people must be in on it, too.
October 18, 2016, 7:55pm
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During a Monday night interview with CNN, Melania Trump claimed the multiple women accusing her husband of sexual assault are all just part of some widespread media conspiracy to smear him and take down his campaign.

Melania also dismissed a story by one of the accusers—PEOPLE magazine reporter Natasha Stoynoff—that involved Stoynoff running into Melania a year after Donald Trump allegedly tried to kiss the reporter without her consent.

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On Tuesday, six people came forward to jog the wannabe first lady's memory by corroborating Stoynoff's story in a new PEOPLE article. One says she was even there when Stoynoff talked to Melania outside Trump Tower.

"They chatted in a friendly way," Stoynoff's college friend Lisa Herz told the magazine. "And what struck me most was that Melania was carrying a child and wearing heels."

The article features accounts from Stoynoff's close friends and colleagues at PEOPLE magazine, including current East Coast Editor Liz McNeil and Deputy East Coast News Editor Mary Green, who were both reporters at the time. Both say they discussed the events Stoynoff said occurred at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate with her shortly after it happened.

Stoynoff's old journalism professor Paul McLaughlin also says he received a tearful call from the journalist the same night Trump allegedly cornered her. "She wasn't sure what she should do," McLaughlin told PEOPLE. "I advised her not to say anything, because I believed Trump would deny it and try to destroy her."

Stoynoff is just one of many women who has come forward in the aftermath of a 2005 tape leak in which Trump was caught discussing sexually harassing women, then grilled about it by moderator Anderson Cooper at the second presidential debate.

In response to Stoynoff's claim specifically, Trump had this to say: "Look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don't think so."

Read: We Asked a Lawyer if Donald Trump Could Ever Get Prosecuted for Sexual Assault