The New York Times has responded to Donald Trump‘s legal team’s request to have the newspaper retract its story about two women who claim the Republican presidential candidate touched them inappropriately.
David McCraw, the newspaper’s lawyer, responded by saying the paper will not be retracting the story as the libel claim is invalid.
“The essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of one’s reputation,” the letter read. “Mr. Trump has bragged about his non-consensual sexual touching of women. He has bragged about intruding on beauty pageant contestants in their dressing rooms. He acquiesced on a radio host’s request to discuss Mr. Trump’s own daughter as a ‘piece of ass.’ Multiple women not mentioned in our article have publicly come forward to report on Mr. Trump’s unwanted advances. Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself.”
“It would have been a disservice not just to our readers but to democracy itself to silence their voices,” the letter continued. “We did what the law allows: We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern. If Mr. Trump disagrees, if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who would dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight.”
Donald Trump has already addressed the accusations during a rally in Florida.
“So now we address the slander and libels that was just last night thrown at me by the Clinton machine and New York Times and other media outlets as part of a concerted coordinated and vicious attack,” Trump said. “These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it. And they know it very well. These claims are all fabricated. They’re pure fiction. And they’re outright lies. These events never, ever happened.”