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Trump sends legal notice to NYT over 'defamatory' story

Washington: Donald Trump has sent a legal notice to The New York Times demanding that it retract a 'reckless' and 'defamatory' story in which two women claimed the Republican presidential nominee touched them inappropriately.

"Your article is reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se. It is apparent from, among other things, the timing of the article, that it is nothing more than a politically motivated effort to defeat Mr Trump's candidacy," said Marc E Kasowitz, the attorney representing Republican presidential nominee.

"That is why you apparently performed an entirely inadequate investigation to test the veracity of these false and malicious allegations, including why these two individuals waited, in one case, 11 years, and, in another case, more than three decades, before deciding to come forward with these false and defamatory statements," Kasowitz said.

"Clearly, The New York Times is willing to provide a platform to anyone wishing to smear Mr Trump's name and reputation prior to the election irrespective of whether the alleged statements have any basis in fact," he added.

"We hereby demand that you immediately cease any further publication of this article, remove it from your website and issue a full and immediate retraction and apology. Failure to do so will leave my client with no option but to pursue all available actions and remedies," the attorney said in the legal notice sent to NYT.