'People' Editor: Trump's 'Hot Mic,' Debate Comments Made Reporter Want to Share Her Story
People Magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff alleged in an article published Wednesday that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her at his Mar-a-Lago estate while she was reporting on his one-year wedding anniversary to his wife, Melania.
Trump and his campaign quickly blasted Stoynoff and her story after she went public.
"Look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think," Trump said at a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday. "I don't think so."
People Magazine editor J.D. Heyman told Megyn Kelly tonight that Stoynoff came forth with her allegations after hearing Trump's 2005 "hot mic" tape, followed by his statement during Sunday's presidential debate that he's never inappropriately touched or groped a woman.
"Until she heard those words that we all heard on that tape, she thought that she might have been an isolated case," Heyman said. "Hearing that articulation of what he said was his behavior confirmed for her what she says is his modus operandi with women."
"Then when she heard him say, 'No, I've never done this.' That was, I think, in a way a call for her to speak her truth."
Will Stoynoff come out and speak publicly on-camera? Megyn asked.
Heyman said he's not sure, since this whole ordeal has been very difficult for Stoynoff.
He added that she's a print journalist who's not used to being in the public eye and receiving this kind of media "exposure."
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