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Republican nominee Donald Trump is facing yet another accusation of unwanted sexual contact in the US.

The latest accusation comes just hours after the presidential candidate again denied ever having had inappropriate contact with women.

During the third Presidential debate on Wednesday night, Trump called the stories surrounding his sexual behaviour “lies and fiction” and alleged that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, “got these people to step forward.”

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This afternoon another woman, Karena Virginia, said she was “intimidated” by Mr Trump at the US Open in 2008.

Karena Virginia said Mr Trump touched her breast as she waited for a car near the tennis championship venue in New York City.

“He was with a few other men. I was quite surprised when I overheard him talking to the other men about me,” she said.

“He said, ‘hey look at this one, we haven’t seen her before ... Look at those legs,’ as though I was an object rather than a person.

“He then walked up to me and reached his right arm and grabbed my right arm. Then his hand touched the right inside of my breast.

“I was in shock, I flinched. ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ That is what he said to me. I felt intimidated and I felt powerless.”

Ms Virginia said that after she got into her car and left, her “shock turned to shame.”

"For a number of years later I struggled with what to wear so as to not attract unwanted attraction," she said.

“He should be ashamed not only of his words but of his behaviour towards so many women.”

American civil rights lawyer, Gloria Allred representing Ms Virginia, said her client was not looking to pursue legal action against Mr Trump.

Ms Allred also represents another of Trump’s accusers – former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos – and The Trump campaign have released a statement claiming the Clinton campaign may be behind the accusations.

“Discredited political operative Gloria Allred, in another coordinated, publicity-seeking attack with the Clinton campaign, will stop at nothing to smear Mr Trump,” said Jessica Ditto, the campaign’s deputy communications director.

“Give me a break. Voters are tired of these circus-like antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton.”

Ms Allred has made her support for Clinton clear on a number of occasions, however she denies having had contact with anyone inside the Clinton campaign regarding Ms Virginia’s claims.


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