Mark Cuban Says He Personally Knows Two Women Sexually Abused by Trump
Mark Cuban, fellow billionaire and frenemy of Donald Trump, says he personally knows two women who were targets of sexual abuse by the GOP presidential nominee. Cuban's remarks seemed to shock CNN anchor Don Lemon when he brought up his friendship with two Trump targets during a telephone interview Tuesday night.
“Have you ever heard of anything like these women coming forward or him being untoward?”
“Yes, and I know one,” Cuban said. “And it just didn’t happen recently. My friend reminded me, and it was from 2000. And she, you know, I don’t expect her to come forward. I wouldn’t recommend she come forward. I know somebody else from two years ago that won’t come forward. So, you know, it’s not anything that caught me by surprise.”
Cuban added, “I can tell you, my friend that was dating this one woman, just reminded me of the story they told me right after it happened. They put it all down in detail and obviously I remembered it. And then I had another person who contacted me after the race started and told me a story. I don’t want to go into it, it’s all second- and third-hand, other than to say it’s factually true. I don’t have any doubts that what we’re hearing is true.”
Over the past few weeks, at least 10 women have come forward to accuse Trump of sexual assault, harassment or impropriety going as far back as the 1970s. Their voices have given volume to a chorus of women who had previously publicly accused Trump of sexual abuse. Cuban's statements align with remarks from civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred, who says numerous women have contacted her about Trump’s sexual abuse.
Trump's wife Melania, in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper Monday night, dismissed the claims as part of a vast left-wing conspiracy, carried out in collaboration by the media and Hillary Clinton’s team, to take her husband down. She also suggested that when her husband stated in a 2005 video that fame allowed him to do whatever he wants to women, including “grab[bing] them by the pussy,” he was just behaving like a “teenage boy.” Her remarks, which were often word-for-word in line with the Trump team’s defense, received well-deserved criticism for their disregard of the seriousness of the candidate's words and the contributions they make to rape culture.
Cuban, who has become a thorn in Trump’s side over the last few months, will be at the third and final debate Wednesday night as a guest of Hillary Clinton. “Can't wait to give a big hug to my bestie @realDonaldTrump at the debate tomorrow night,” the Dallas Mavericks owner mockingly tweeted Tuesday. “I know you miss me!”
The Dallas Morning News notes that Cuban was in the audience for the first debate between the two major party candidates, and that he said he’d hoped to throw Trump off his notoriously precarious game. “I knew it would get under his skin and drive him crazy. Mission accomplished,” Cuban said.
He would later backpedal on those remarks, but seems to have revived the strategy for Wednesday night's square-off. "Maybe this time I'll try to get in his head,” Cuban reportedly told the outlet.
As the Morning News notes, Cuban and Trump have a contentious relationship on social media (putting it mildly), where the former has accused “Trump of being jealous that the Clintons have a ‘better worldwide brand”’ and said Trump gets "stupider before your eyes."