In a long piece published Saturday, the New York Times delved into Donald Trump’s relationship with women in the past. The piece, entitled “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private,” paid specific attention to Trump’s interactions with then-26 year old model Rowanne Brewer Lane.
The piece opened with an account from Lane, recalling that Trump asked Lane to try on some bikinis while he was hosting a pool party at his Mar-a-Lago property.
The accounts, which stemmed from interviews the New York Times conducted with dozens of women, were recounted in the piece. The presumptive Republican nominee called the article a “lame hit piece.”
“Their accounts — many relayed here in their own words — reveal unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct, according to the interviews, as well as court records and written recollections,” the Times piece explained.
“The interactions occurred in his offices at Trump Tower, at his homes, at construction sites and backstage at beauty pageants. They appeared to be fleeting, unimportant moments to him, but they left lasting impressions on the women who experienced them,” the piece added.
“What emerges from the interviews is a complex, at times contradictory portrait of a wealthy, well-known and provocative man and the women around him, one that defies simple categorization. Some women found him gracious and encouraging. He promoted several to the loftiest heights of his company, a daring move for a major real estate developer at the time,” the Times wrote, adding that he “simultaneously nurtured women’s careers and mocked their physical appearance.”
Following the Saturday release of the piece, Lane, who played a central role in the article, began speaking out against the piece — which Trump quickly caught on to.