WASHINGTON — A claim from the second presidential debate and how it stacks up with the facts:
DONALD TRUMP, asked whether he had ever sexually assaulted a women, said: “No, I have not.”
THE FACTS: There’s no proof that Trump sexually assaulted women, but he’s been accused of it before.
Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump, accused him of rape in a deposition in the early 1990s. She later said she didn’t mean it literally, but rather that she felt violated. Trump was also sued for sexual harassment in 1997 by Jill Harth, a woman who, along with her romantic partner, was pitching Trump to get involved in a pin-up competition in the early 1990s.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Harth said Trump ran his hands up her skirt during dinner in 1992, and on another occasion, she said Trump tried to force himself on her in his daughter Ivanka’s bedroom. “Next thing I know he’s pushing me against a wall and has his hands all over me,” Harth told the newspaper. Harth dropped her harassment lawsuit against Trump after he settled a separate breach of contract lawsuit. Trump has denied Harth’s allegations.
Contributed by Associated Press writer Jeff Horwitz.
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