Haley says Trump's sexual assault accusers must be 'heard' and 'dealt with'
Albert Gonzalez Farran (AFP)
US President Donald Trump's UN envoy, Nikki Haley, said on Sunday that all women who come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct should be heard and "dealt with," including the some twenty women who have accused the president of assaulting them.
"Women who accuse anyone should be heard. They should be heard and they should be dealt with," the UN ambassador said on CBS's Face the Nation program, when asked how people should "assess" Trump's accusers.
"I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up," Haley, who seen as a future presidential hopeful, said.
She also lauded the "cultural shift" taking place in Hollywood, politics and elsewhere, adding she was "incredibly proud of the women who have come forward."
Several women have publicly claimed the now-president sexually assaulted them over the past three decades, including acts such as groping their breasts and genitals and unwanted kissing.
Trump denies all the allegations against him and previously threatened to take legal action against the women.
In an audio tape leaked during the presidential election campaign last year, Trump was heard boasting that his fame allowed him to grab women "by the pussy".
Trump now tells associates it may not be his voice on the recording, the New York Times reported in November.
Over the last week a slew of sexual misconduct allegations from numerous women felled three US lawmakers: Republicans Trent Franks and John Coyers and Democratic senator Al Franken.
Hollywood has also been shaken by an outpouring of stories of sexual assault from both men and women, seeing the demise of industry icons such as director Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey.
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This is a witch hunt any man in power is a likely victim. Where’s the due process.
C Kirschner in jail, perhaps collusion with Iran & treason.