Shortly after People published a story in which which writer Natasha Stoynoff alleged that Donald Trump groped and kissed her during an interview — claiming he told her, “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?” — the wife of the Republican nominee is fighting back, threatening to sue the magazine over information contained in the story that Melania Trump claims is false.
Interestingly enough, none of Stoynoff’s claims about Trump’s predatory behaviour (including her claim that Trump pushed her against a wall and began “forcing his tongue down my throat”) are disputed in the lawyer’s letter.
Rather, Melania is insisting that the part of the story in which Stoynoff chronicles bumping into her is “false and completely fictionalized,” and wants the following three paragraphs of the article excised:
That winter, I actually bumped into Melania on Fifth Avenue, in front of Trump Tower as she walked into the building, carrying baby Barron.
“Natasha, why don’t we see you anymore?” she asked, giving me a hug.
I was quiet and smiled, telling her I’d missed her, and I squeezed little Barron’s foot. I couldn’t discern what she knew. Did she really not guess why I hadn’t been around?
According to attorneys for Melania Trump, she and Stoynoff “are not friends and were never friends or even friendly. At the time in question, Mrs. Trump would not have even recognized Ms. Stoynoff if they had encountered one another on the street.”
Melania Trump shared the lawyer’s letter on Twitter: