Donald Trump denies alleged Trump Tower sexual misconduct, lashes out at accuser

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied a woman's account of an incident in 2006, wherein she alleged that the Republican kissed her by force while waiting for an elevator at Trump Tower in New York.

Trump also lashed out at the other women who have accused him of sexual harassment in the past.

The real estate mogul claimed that he does not know the accuser — Rachel Crooks — and has never even met her, saying it "never happened!"

"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 Tuesday. "Never happened!"

Rachel Crooks speaks during the press conference held by women accusing Trump of sexual harassment in NYC on December 11, 2017 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Crooks had come forward with her allegation against Trump in 2016 after an Access Hollywood tape was released where the president was heard boasting about aggressively fondling a woman in a 2005 recording.

Crooks then alleged that Trump kissed her cheeks and then "kissed me directly on the mouth."

Crooks said that she was 22-years-old when the incident occurred and was working as a receptionist at a real estate organization in Trump Tower, according to reports.  

Several women came out with sexual misconduct allegations against Trump shortly after the Access Hollywood tape was released, which was weeks before the 2016 presidential elections.

Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and founder and president of Brave New Films Robert Greenwald speak during the press conference held by women accusing Trump of sexual harassment in NYC on December 11, 2017 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Trump, however, denied the incident on Tuesday after a detailed report about Crooks was featured in the Washington Post. The article mentioned her efforts to draw attention to the series of accusations of sexual harassment and assault against the president.

"Who would do this in a public space with live security cameras running," Trump continued in his tweet. "Another False Accusation," he added.

United States President Donald Trump walking towards the White House. (Getty Images)

The Republican instead accused the women of "taking money to make up stories about me."

Trump was referring to The Hill's report in December which mentioned that the attorneys for some fo the Trump's accusers had arranged for donors to pay legal, security and other expenses. One of the donors also helped in paying off a woman's mortgage, according to reports.

While Crooks also released a statement saying: "I know what's true. He knows what's true and I think he should be afraid of that." She is now reportedly running for state representative as a Democrat in Ohio. 

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