United States President Donald Trump is pushing back against women accusing him of sexual misconduct and insists he is the target of “false accusations”.
Mr Trump said the allegations were “fabricated stories” from women he did not know and had never met.
He lashed out on Twitter a day after three women, who previously accused him of sexual harassment, shared their stories on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today.
Mr Trump said Democrats “have been unable to show any collusion with Russia” and now are “moving on” to these allegations. He added: “FAKE NEWS!”
He also attacked Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who on Monday said Mr Trump should resign over the allegations.
Mr Trump said Senator Gillibrand was a “total flunkey for Chuck Schumer,” the Senate Democratic leader.
He said Senator Gillibrand, “who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump”.
Senator Gillibrand responded in a tweet, saying Mr Trump had brought shame to the presidency.
The women — Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks — urged Congress to investigate Mr Trump’s behaviour.
They said they did not think Mr Trump would resign over the allegations, but that he should be held accountable.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders pledged to provide a list of eyewitnesses whose accounts exonerated Mr Trump. She did not provide the list by late Monday.
Trump accused of putting hands up women’s skirts
The allegations surfaced during last year’s presidential campaign, but the women raised the issue anew on Kelly’s show on Monday and at a news conference.
Brave New Films, a not-for-profit filmmaker, produced a video featuring 16 of Mr Trump’s accusers and organised the news conference in New York.
In the film, women accused Mr Trump of kissing them without permission, grabbing their private parts, putting his hand up their skirts, or making other unwanted advances.
“It was heartbreaking last year,” Ms Holvey said.
“We’re private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there to try and show America who this man is and how he views women, and for them to say, ‘eh, we don’t care’, it hurt.”
The former beauty queen claimed Mr Trump ogled her and other Miss USA pageant contestants in their dressing room in 2006.
Ms Crooks is a former receptionist at Trump Tower and Ms Leeds said she met Mr Trump on a flight and he put his hand up her skirt.
More than 50 female Democrats in the US House of Representatives have called for a congressional investigation into allegations by various women of sexual misconduct against Mr Trump.
The letter, spearheaded by the Democratic Women’s Working Group, which is composed of all the party’s female members in the House, has 56 signatures.