One week after accusing Donald Trump of forcing himself on her, former PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff is breaking her silence.
“I am doing okay,” she says in the new issue of PEOPLE after revealing the GOP nominee forced his tongue down her throat and pushed her against the wall while his then-pregnant wife Melania was upstairs at their Florida mansion in December 2005 – 11 months after the couple’s wedding.
“Women are talking about this, and they need to,” Stoynoff says. “We cannot be silent anymore. I didn’t tell my story for politics, I told it for women.”
In her story, Stoynoff recalled taking a tour of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate before the incident took place. “We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat,” Stoynoff, 51, described, adding that Trump also told her, “We’re going to have an affair, I’m telling you.”
After Stoynoff’s story was made public, the 70-year-old presidential candidate vehemently denied her allegations, and said during Friday’s Florida rally that they are “all 100 percent, totally and completely fabricated,” adding, “She lies! Look at her, I don’t think so.” When reached for comment, a spokesperson for Trump previously said, “This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story.”
But speaking to PEOPLE, Stoynoff responds: “I was obviously good-looking enough for him at the time to force-kiss me and insist that we were going to have an affair.”
In the past week, new accusations of sexual misconduct at the hands of the mogul unfurled, with a total of ten women alleging that Trump groped them in the past.
“It’s possible he just doesn’t remember it,” Stoynoff says. “It was over 10 years ago and I assume I am one of many, many women.”
On Monday evening, Melania defended her husband in a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper, during which she denied Stoynoff’s account. “The story that came out in People magazine, the writer she said my husband took her to the room and started kissing her, she wrote in the same story about me that she saw me on 5th Avenue, and I said to her ‘Natasha, how come we don’t see you anymore?’ I was never friends with her, I would not recognize her,” the 46-year-old mother of one said in Monday’s sit-down interview.
But PEOPLE Editor in Chief Jess Cagle says in a statement about Stoynoff’s piece, “In this week’s issue of PEOPLE (which hits newsstands in New York on Wednesday), we feature a story that includes named sources who can corroborate Natasha Stoynoff’s account – including one woman (a friend of Natasha’s) who was actually with her when she bumped into Melania Trump on Fifth Ave., as outlined in her story.”