6 Witnesses Back Up Former People Magazine Writer’s Trump Claims

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fairgrounds and Convention Center, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

People magazine announced Tuesday that six witnesses have corroborated former writer Natasha Stoynoff’s account that Donald Trump made inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances toward her during an interview in 2005.

Among the witnesses are Stoynoff’s close friends and family, one of which says she was with Stoynoff when they ran into Melania Trump on the street. Trump denied seeing Stoynoff on the street in a letter from her lawyer threatening legal action against People and Stoynoff.

“They chatted in a friendly way,” Liza Herz told People. “And what struck me most was that Melania was carrying a child and wearing heels.”

Another friend, Marina Grasic, who has known Stoynoff for more than 25 years, explained Stoynoff’s hesitation to come forward, especially because Melania Trump was pregnant at the time of the alleged incident.

“Natasha was also struggling about not hurting pregnant Melania if the story came out,” Grasic told the magazine. “Beyond just the attack, she was horrified by the vulgar circumstances under which she was attacked and propositioned to have an affair. She was there in a professional capacity, writing an article about their happy marriage, and after the incident Trump acted like nothing happened.”

Some of Stoyoff’s former coworkers at People, including east coast editor Liz McNeil, deputy east coast news editor Mary Green, and another employee, Liza Hamm, also said Stoyoff confided in them about the incident close to the time that it happened.

Paul McLaughlin, Stoynoff’s former journalism professor, also spoke out on Twitter and said that Stoynoff called him the night of the alleged incident. McLaughlin said he advised her to stay silent.

Stoynoff told the magazine that there is a possibility Trump is denying the alleged incident because it happened so often and was so long ago.

“It’s possible he just doesn’t remember it,” Stoynoff said to People. “It was over 10 years ago and I assume I am one of many, many women.”

Latest Livewire

Notable Replies

  1. Avatar for mantan mantan says:

    Like I need to say the magazine’s a powerhouse in hair salons and barber shops or that I like a solid punch.

  2. Avatar for grack grack says:

    Just six? Pish posh. What does Donald’s weird British friend (haha. just kidding. Trump has no friends) have to say about it?

  3. Avatar for mantan mantan says:

    I would guess he’s swamped with pole-axed Conservatives needing a boytoy pick-me-up?

  4. While I suspect Trump does remember this incident, or at least his attempt to have an affair with this writer, since they had numerous interactions prior to the incident itself, in general I do believe he doesn’t remember other specific women and their allegations, primarily because his actions weren’t directed to them as individuals but rather at them as women who are there for one and one purpose only. They have no names, and probably no faces, to him. They are objects. He wanted them at that moment in time, so he took…and promptly forgot them.

  5. Avatar for tsp tsp says:

    Call in the Special Prosecutor. He couldn’t even wait to become POTUS before he solicited an affair. And he’s still lying about it. We need at least 4 years of a special congressional investigation into this matter, costing tax payers millions and millions of dollars, all resulting in the impeachment of the Former Candidate and Loser Donald Trump. Republicans simply cannot idly stand aside while a male President, or a Presidential Candidate is caught lying about solicitous sex outside of his marriage. I demand a Congressional investigation!!!

Continue the discussion at forums.talkingpointsmemo.com

88 more replies


Avatar for david_e_brown Avatar for littlegirlblue Avatar for sooner Avatar for charliee Avatar for hoppy Avatar for mattinpa Avatar for mooster Avatar for leftflank Avatar for dweb Avatar for turdburgler Avatar for inlabsitrust Avatar for tomdibble Avatar for carlosfiance Avatar for mantan Avatar for maxaroo Avatar for kitty Avatar for dickweed Avatar for azjude Avatar for pshah Avatar for beattycat Avatar for spencersmom Avatar for deethreepio Avatar for pylonius Avatar for grack

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: