President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning with a caustic rebuttal to the sexual assault allegations against him on the front page of the “Fake News Washington Post.”
“A woman I don’t know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met, is on the FRONT PAGE of the Fake News Washington Post saying I kissed her (for two minutes yet) in the lobby of Trump Tower 12 years ago,” Trump tweeted. ”Never happened. Who would do this in a public space with live security......”
Rachel Crooks, 35, was one of the 19 women who came forwards with sexual assault allegations against then-candidate Trump in the wake of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape in which he’s heard bragging about grabbing women "by the pussy.” Crooks rehashed her allegations against Trump in the Post story and talked about why she’ll continue to tell her story, despite the online harassment and consistent denials from the president.
The Post’s report leads with a dinner party scene, in which the hostess asks Crooks to tell of her interaction with Trump, which took place 12 years ago when she was 22-years-old. Crooks recalls noticing Trump standing by the elevator and decided to introduce herself, according to the Post. She said he then grabbed her hand and held her in place.
“He started kissing me on one cheek, then the other cheek,” Crooks told the Post. “He was talking to me in between kisses, asking where I was from, or if I wanted to be a model. He then wouldn’t let go of my hand, and then he went right in and started kissing me on the lips.”
Crooks said the kiss lasted two minutes, maybe less. Also, contrary to what Trump tweeted, she said the alleged incident took place outside her office in Trump Tower — not in the lobby.
Ten minutes after his first tweet, Trump followed up with more: “Another False Accusation. Why doesn’t @washingtonpost report the story of the women taking money to make up stories about me,” he wrote. “One had her home mortgage paid off. Only @FoxNews so reported… doesn’t fit the Mainstream Media narrative.”
That isn’t true. The Hill broke the story on Dec. 15 with the headline “Exclusive: Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers.” That report was widely aggregated by mainstream media outlets.
Cover image: President Donald Trump speaks about domestic violence during a working session regarding the opportunity zones provided by tax reform in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
This article originally appeared on VICE News US.