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Donald Trump Claims Clinton Is Responsible for Allegations He Attacked Women

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Donald Trump again denied all claims that he attacked women – and intimated that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, may have been responsible for his accusers coming forward in the last week.

“That or they want their 15 minutes of fame,” Trump said.

“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” he said. “Those stories have been largely debunked. All fiction.”

Clinton fired back at Trump’s denial, saying, “He immediately goes to denying responsibility. He never apologizes for anything.

“Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger. He goes after their dignity, their self worth. I don’t think there’s a woman anywhere who doesn’t know what the feels like.”

Trump was pressed by moderator Chris Wallace about the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him — which only arose after 2005 video footage surfaced Oct. 7, showing Trump boasting on a live mic about how he forces kisses on women and gropes them without their permission. His accusers include former PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff.

“I don’t know those people,” Trump told Wallace Wednesday night.

“Those stories are all totally false. I didn’t even apologize to my wife, who’s sitting right here, because I did nothing wrong.”

Trump then questioned why the accusers didn’t come forward earlier.

Despite Trump’s denial, PEOPLE stands by Stoynoff’s account of how Trump shoved her against a wall and forcibly kissed her while she was on assignment for the magazine in 2005. Six people have come forward on the record to publicly corroborate her allegations.

Trump has denied attacking Stoynoff – as he has denied claims made by at least eight other women.

The women came forward in the days following the Oct. 9 presidential debate, saying they were spurred to tell their stories after what they called Trump’s lie on national television. In that second presidential debate, Trump insisted that when he boasted on the 2005 video of kissing women without asking — “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything” — it was nothing but talk.

“Have you ever done those things?” moderator Anderson Cooper pressed at that Oct. 9 debate.

Said Trump, “No, I have not.”