Women who worked for then-candidate Donald Trump are suing his former campaign manager for sexual misconduct, accusing him of grabbing them and then making lewd comments.
The women filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Washington, D.C. They accuse Paul Manafort of making lewd and sexually harassing comments to them in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Manafort resigned from the campaign in 2017, but his lawyers have said he’s cooperating with the investigation.
A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Trump’s campaign has denied the allegations and accused the women of exaggerating the incidents.
Manafort’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, has denied any sexual misconduct.
He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Manafort is accused of making unwanted advances toward the women in 1993 while he was working for Trump at his campaign headquarters in Manhattan.
In a sworn statement to investigators in 1995, Manafort denied making unwanted sexual advances, and his lawyer argued that his client was a victim of political retribution by the Clintons.
They allege that the Clinton campaign pressured Manafort to settle a lawsuit against the former campaign chairman, Paul Begala, who was indicted on charges of fraud and racketeering in 2015.
In 2017, Manafort resigned as Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor.
The New York Times first reported on the claims.
Manafort was elected to the Senate in 2020, and he served until May, when he was forced out after reports surfaced that he had taken tens of millions of dollars in cash from Ukrainian oligarchs.
He was the only Republican to win a Senate seat in the state of New York.
He served in Congress for five years before resigning to run for the presidency.
The allegations against Manafort come on the heels of a string of sexual misconduct allegations against prominent men.
Former President Bill Clinton was accused of groping women while in office, while former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was accused by multiple women of kissing and groping them without their consent.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) also accused former President Donald Trump of sexual assault in a story published Sunday.