Former Trump girlfriend rebuts NY Times
story on history with women
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[May 17, 2016]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A woman at
the center of a New York Times piece detailing Republican Donald Trump's
history with women took issue with the story on Monday, saying she never
had a negative experience with the billionaire and does not believe he
ever mistreated women.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump
speaks to supporters after his rival, Senator Ted Cruz, dropped out of
the race following the results of the Indiana state primary, at Trump
Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Rowanne Brewer Lane, a former model who dated Trump for several
months starting in the late 1990s, said her words were
mischaracterized in the Times article, which used dozens of
interviews to show what it said was a pattern of unsettling personal
behavior by the presidential candidate with women.
The Times story said Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for
the Nov. 8 election, asked Lane to change into a bikini shortly
after meeting her at a pool party at his Mar-a-Lago estate in
Florida. According to the article, he then introduced her to the
crowd outside, saying, "That is a stunning Trump girl, isn't it?"
On Monday, Lane told the same story in a series of television
interviews but said she had been flattered by his comment.
"They spun it to where it appeared negative," Lane said on Fox News.
"I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump."
Lane said that during the time she and Trump were dating, he "never
made me feel like I was being demeaned in any way."
She also said she supports Trump's presidential run.
The New York Times responded to Lane's accusations by saying she was
quoted "fairly, accurately and at length."
"The story provides context for the reader including that the
swimsuit scene was the 'start of a whirlwind romance' between Ms.
Brewer Lane and Mr. Trump," Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha
said in a statement.
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Trump has deflected criticism about his attitude toward women
throughout his campaign. On Monday, he called the New York Times "so
"Their hit piece cover story on me yesterday was just blown up by
Rowanne Brewer, who said it was a lie!" Trump posted on Twitter.
Times reporters Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey defended their
story in several television interviews on Monday, saying it showed
how Trump behaved privately with women and revealed common themes
including unwelcome advances, aggression and commentary on their
"People can evaluate the story ... on its own merits," Barbaro said
on CBS "This Morning."
(Reporting by Megan Cassella and Susan Heavey; Editing by Jonathan
Oatis, Toni Reinhold)
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