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Trump sits with Bill Clinton accusers before debate

Before the second presidential debate, Donald Trump has appeared at an event with women who accused former President Bill Clinton of rape and unwanted sexual advances. (CNN Newsource)

ST. LOUIS (AP/SBG) - Before the second presidential debate, Donald Trump has appeared at an event with women who accused former President Bill Clinton of rape and unwanted sexual advances.

Trump is trying to fend off criticism for comments he made on tape in 2005 in which he bragged about committing sexual assault and women letting him do it because he is famous.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The video below contains language some people may find offensive. Viewer discretion advised.]

The Republican nominee did not take questions as he appeared with Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey.

Jones is a former Arkansas state worker who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton in 1994 for allegedly exposing himself to her in a Little Rock hotel room.

She says of Trump, "He's going to make America great again."

Broaddrick claims Clinton raped her in Arkansas in the late 1970s. In the 1990s, she signed an affidavit denying that the assault occurred, but she later said under oath that it did. Clinton denied the allegation through his attorneys.

Broaddrick now claims Hillary Clinton tried to intimidate her to keep quiet soon after the alleged rape by thanking her at a rally.

“Actions speak louder than words,” Broaddrick said. “Mr. Trump may have said some bad words, but Bill Clinton raped me and Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don’t think there’s any comparison.”

Willey accused Bill Clinton of groping her in the White House when she worked there. Clinton denied it and a prosecutor determined there was not enough evidence to prove Clinton was lying.

Bill Clinton has never been charged with harming any of the women.

Also at the event was Kathy Shelton, who was a raped as a 12-year-old. Hillary Clinton represented the suspect as a public defender. Clinton got the charges reduced in a plea agreement.

“At 12 years old, Hillary put me through something you’d never put a 12-year-old through,” Shelton said.

When the statements were concluded, reporters shouted questions to Trump about why he said he assaulted women in the 2005 tape.

“Go ask Bill Clinton that. Ask Hillary as well,” Jones responded.

Clinton's campaign issued a statement dismissing the event as a stunt.

"We're not surprised to see Donald Trump continue his destructive race to the bottom," said Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri. "Hillary Clinton understands the opportunity in this town hall is to talk to voters on stage and in the audience about the issues that matter to them, and this stunt doesn't change that."

"As always, she's prepared to handle whatever Donald Trump throws her way," Palmieri added.

The Washington Post’s fact-checker has a comprehensive account of all of the sexual allegations made against Bill Clinton.

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