Trump's campaign has been hit by fresh sexual misconduct claims


US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has suffered another setback as new allegations of sexual misconduct are coming to light. He fought back against the accusations by acting out one woman's allegation onstage and suggesting that another was not attractive enough to merit his attention.

Trump has defiantly denied a week's worth of accusations with just over three weeks to go before the election.

Trump said of one woman: "She would not be my first choice, that I can tell you." He said that his staff wanted him to avoid the topic altogether, but he couldn't resist defending himself.

He blamed the growing story on his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton and an international media conspiracy, describing his female accusers as "sick" people seeking fame or money.

"The only thing I can say is hopefully, hopefully, our patriotic movement will overcome this terrible deception," he declared.

Donald Trump
Trump denies all claims of sexual misconduct (Evan Vucci/AP)

A video released last week showed Trump bragging about kissing and groping women without their permission. He has since apologised, but also repeatedly dismissed his comments as "locker room talk".

In a speech in Ohio, president Barack Obama said: "You don't have to be a husband or a father to know that that kind of language, those kinds of thoughts, those kinds of actions are unacceptable. They're not right. You just have to be a decent human being."

Two more women, meanwhile, came forward with allegations against Mr Trump. A former contestant from NBC's The Apprentice, said Trump became sexually aggressive at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007. Summer Zervos said Trump kissed her open-mouthed and touched her breasts in a private room.

Former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos
Former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

And in a story published online, Kristin Anderson told The Washington Post that she was sitting on a couch with friends at a New York nightclub in the early 1990s when a hand reached up her skirt and touched her through her underwear. She said pushed the hand away, and then turned around to see the man assaulting her was Trump.

Trump mocked Anderson's claim onstage as he campaigned in North Carolina, pausing to reach out his hand to touch an imaginary woman as his accuser described.

"I just heard this one. It's like, it's like unbelievable," he said.

Even before the mounting allegations, there is evidence Mr Trump's troubles are hurting the Republican Party's ability to raise money.