WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers representing Donald Trump are demanding The New York Times retract a story published Wednesday in which two women claim Trump touched them inappropriately and against their will.

Lawyer Marc E. Kasowitz has sent a letter to the Times saying the article is "reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel."

Trump's lawyer says the Times article is "nothing more than a politically motivated effort to defeat Mr. Trump's candidacy."

The Times said Jessica Leeds, of New York, told the newspaper she encountered Trump on an airline flight three decades ago. Leeds said Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.

Rachel Crooks, of Ohio, told the Times she met Trump at Trump Tower in 2005. Crooks said Trump kissed her "directly on the mouth" against her will.

Meanwhile, a Clinton adviser is accusing Donald Trump of lying on the debate stage about having not groped or kissed women without consent.

Communications director Jennifer Palmieri is responding to a New York Times story in which two women describe being touched inappropriately by Trump.

Palmieri says the story "sadly fits everything we know about the way Donald Trump has treated women." She also says the story shows that the "disgusting behavior" Trump brags about in a video released last Friday "is more than just words."

Trump is heard on the 2005 tape saying his fame allows him to kiss and grab women. He denied during Sunday's debate that he'd ever done that without a woman's consent.