Ivanka Trump says The New York Times "created facts" about her father to reinforce its "strong thesis"

By Tierney McAfee
Updated May 18, 2016 02:30 PM
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Ivanka Trump says the New York Times story alleging her father has a history of inappropriate and sexist behavior towards women got it all wrong.

In an interview with Norah O’Donnell on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning show, Donald Trump‘s daughter said she found the article “pretty disturbing, based on the facts as I know them. And obviously, I very much know them, both in the capacity as a daughter and in the capacity as an executive who’s worked alongside of him at this company for over a decade.”

Asked about one woman’s account that Trump groped her while they were working together in the early 1990s, Ivanka replied, “I’m not in every interaction my father has, but he’s not a groper – it’s not who he is.”

Ivanka said she believes The Times “created facts” about her father to reinforce its “strong thesis” and added that the story has been “largely discredited” since it was published on Saturday.

“Most of the time, when stories are inaccurate, they’re not discredited, and I will be frustrated by that. But in this case, I think they went so far And, you know, I think that narrative has been playing out now.”

Trump’s ex, Rowanne Brewer Lane, who is featured prominently in the article, has also accused The Times of misrepresenting the facts.

“I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump,” Brewer Lane told Fox & Friends in an interview Monday. “And I don’t appreciate them making it look like that.”

Brewer Lane said she was actually “flattered” when the billionaire businessman called her a “stunning Trump girl” at a pool party at his Mar-a-Lago estate in the ’90s, an incident The Times used to illustrate what it called Trump’s “degrading” treatment of women.

A New York Times spokesperson tells PEOPLE in a statement, “The women in our story were quoted fairly, accurately and at length. None of the facts or quotes in our story are in dispute.”

“It is worth noting that the story states that the interviews provide a ‘complex’ and ‘at times contradictory portrait’ of Donald Trump’s interactions with women.”