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Six Witnesses Come Forward: Trump Sexually Assaulted People Magazine’s Writer

Six witnesses have come forward to corroborate former PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff’s account of being attacked by Donald Trump in 2005. The witnesses said Stoynoff told them about Donald Trump “pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat” shortly after the attack happened. Among them is a friend who was with Stoynoff when she ran into Melania Trump later in N.Y.C.

Stoynoff’s story, which made national news when it broke last week and is reprinted in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, describes a run-in with Trump when she was covering him and pregnant wife Melania on assignment for PEOPLE in December 2005.

The wife of the Republican nominee denies meeting Stoynoff after the attack, but Stoynoff’s friend Liza Herz remembers being there during the chance meeting, according to People Magazine.

“They chatted in a friendly way,” Herz, who met Stoynoff in college, says. “And what struck me most was that Melania was carrying a child and wearing heels.”

After telling her colleagues about the attack, Stoynoff asked to be reassigned from covering the Trumps. But she didn’t go public because, as her former journalism professor says, “I advised her not to say anything, because I believed Trump would deny it and try to destroy her.”

While Donald Trump is denying that the entire incident ever happened, Stoynoff’s friends have better memories:

“She was very upset and told me how he shoved her against a wall,” says People east coast editor Liz McNeil.

“The thing I remember most was how scared she was. I felt I had to protect her,” she added.

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