All the women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment are lying, the White House has said.
When posed the question by CBS about the 16 women who have accused the President – and whether the official position of the White House was that they were lying – Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning and the president has spoken on it.”
Mr Trump addressed the accusations last week and dismissed them as “totally fake news…It’s fake, it’s made-up stuff. And it’s disgraceful what happens.”
Mr Trump’s voice can be heard speaking with Entertainment Tonight programme host Billy Bush, speaking disparagingly about women’s body parts and saying: “when you’re a celebrity they let you do anything.”
At least 11 women came forward after that that audio emerged alleging the President touched or kissed them without consent.
Mr Trump said at the time the accusations were “total fiction” and that he was victim of one of the “great political smear campaigns in the history of our country,” implying Democrats may have had something to do with it.
The issue has resurfaced in light of several allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and former MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin.
Mr Weinstein faced accused of harassment by several famous actresses including Ashley Judd Gwyneth Paltrow and Lupita Nyong’o, and Kate Winslet. Mr Weinstein has repeatedly denied that any sexual acts were non-consensual and has labelled most allegations as “false”.