Donald Trump’s campaign says the cousin of one of the women who has accused him of an unwanted sexual advance was “shocked and bewildered” by her account.
In a statement from Trump’s campaign, John Barry of Mission Viejo, California, said Summer Zervos “wishes she could still be on reality TV, and in an effort to get that back she’s saying all of these negative things about Trump.”
Earlier Friday, Zervos said at a news conference in Los Angeles that Trump kissed her and touched her breasts in a private room at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.
Zervos was a contestant on Trump’s reality TV show, “The Apprentice.” Barry said Zervos often praised Trump after appearing on the show.
Berry said Zervos invited Trump to visit her restaurant earlier this year, and the Republican declined.
Berry said: “Summer’s actions today are nothing more than an attempt to regain the spotlight at Trump’s expense.”
Donald Trump is suggesting a boycott of the next issue of People Magazine after it published a story by a writer who claims Trump forcibly kissed her during an interview break.
It’s one of a handful of allegations of groping and assault that have emerged against Trump in recent days.
Trump insists the allegations were “100 percent false” and said he was the victim of “one of the great political smear campaigns in the history of our country.”
He said that when someone has met thousands of people, “it’s not hard to find a small handful of people willing to make false smears for personal fame” or perhaps financial or political gains.
He told a crowd in Charlotte, North Carolina, “you would be very impressed, actually, with my life in so many regards, including that regard.”