New York Times dares Donald Trump to sue over sexual assault article
NewYork,Oct14:The New York Times has refused to retract an article in which two women accused Donald Trump of sexual assault, after the Republican presidential nominee threatened to sue the newspaper. In a letter made public yesterday, a lawyer for theTimes all but dared the property developer to make good on his threat.
“We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern,” wrote David McCraw, the paper’s assistant general counsel. “If Mr Trump disagrees, if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who would criticise him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight.”
The article, published late on Wednesday, featured interviews with 74-year-old Jessica Leeds, who said Mr Trump had groped her on a flight more than 30 years ago, and with Rachel Crooks, whom Mr Trump allegedly kissed “on the mouth” against her will as she introduced herself to him in 2005, when she was 22.
In the paper’s response, however, Mr McCraw noted that the assaults described by the women constituted the same behaviour that Mr Trump himself had boasted about in a 2005 tape published by the Washington Post last week. “When you’re a star,” the then-Apprentice host said, “you can do anything… Grab ’em by the pussy.”