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Trump on Sex Assault Allegations: 'These Vicious Claims Are Totally False'


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is firing back against a string of sexual assault allegations that have rocked his campaign.

At least three women are making headlines with claims that Trump did indeed act on words he said in a 2005 recording and touched them inappropriately, according to the New York Times.

Trump denies the accusations, calling the women "horrible liars."

"These vicious claims about me, of inappropriate conduct with women, are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it," Trump declared, adding that his accusers "are horrible people. They're horrible, horrible liars."

Voters were shocked last week when the leaked 2005 video revealed Trump making lewd comments about women. Politicians from both sides of the aisle were outraged, and a number of Republican leaders withdrew their support.

Although he admitted to making the comments, Trump vehemently denied ever acting on his words. Yet, at least two women have a different story.

The New York Times reports that 74-year-old business woman Jessica Leeds said Trump groped her while sitting next to her during a first class flight to New York some 30 years ago.

"Somehow or another the armrest disappeared and it was a real shock when all of a sudden his hands were all over me," Leeds said. "It was an assault."

Another woman named Rachel Crooks has a similar story. She said she was a 22-year-old receptionist at a real estate company in Trump Tower Manhattan when the candidate touched her inappropriately too.

She says one day when Trump walked in, he shook her hand, kissed her on the cheeks, and then "directly on the mouth."

"It was so inappropriate," Crooks recalled. "I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that."

Late Wednesday, a third woman, Tasha Dixon, a former Miss Arizona, came forward claiming that Trump would "walk in on naked girls" while they were changing backstage at the Miss USA pageant.

"He just came strolling in, no second to put a robe on or anything. Some girls were topless; others were naked," she said.

Dixon accused Trump, who ran the pageant, of taking advantage of the contests.

"I'm telling you Donald Trump owned the pageant for the reason to utilize his power to get, you know, around beautiful women," she charged.

Leeds and Crooks say they were nervous about sharing their experiences because of the reaction they would get, but Leeds told the New York Times she hopes her story will help voters decide who will sit in the White House next.

"To those who would vote for him, I would wish for them to reflect on this," she said.

The news comes days after the leaked video showed Trump making lewd comments about women. With accusations still flying, nearly half of the country started voting early this week, with hundreds of people standing in line from Ohio to Florida.

With both candidates heading into the home stretch, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, for her part, still cannot seem to shake off the WikiLeaks trail.

The group dumped another nearly 1,200 hacked emails from inside her campaign Wednesday.

In one exchange, her campaign chairman, John Podesta, urges Clinton to reach out to "needy Latinos" during the presidential primary. Trump pounced on the emails.

"The new emails also show members of the Clinton team viciously attacking Catholics and evangelicals," Trump said. "Did you see that? No, the press doesn't want to report that one. That could be election-changing."

"It's just the latest evidence of the hatred that the Clinton campaign has for everyday faithful Americans," he added.

Meanwhile, there are new revelations about the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server for high-level government business when she was secretary of state.

Although the FBI director recommended no charges against Clinton, a source told Fox News that many of the FBI agents and DOJ attorneys who worked on the case believed Clinton should have been charged and her security clearance yanked for keeping the offsite server.

"It is safe to say the vast majority felt she should be prosecuted," a high-ranking FBI official said.

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