Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill ahead of a meeting with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and GOP House leadership May 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images
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By Maya Rhodan
May 16, 2016

After the release of a scathing news report about Donald Trump’s treatment of women, one of the businessman’s former girlfriends is speaking out and alleging the media got her story wrong.

“He never made me feel like I was being demeaned in any way,” Rowanne Brewer Lane said Monday on Fox & Friends. “He never offended me in any way. He was very gracious. I saw him around all types of people, all types of women. He was very kind, thoughtful, generous, you know. He was a gentleman.”

The New York Times story opens with a story involving Brewer Lane and Trump’s first encounter. The story quotes Brewer Lane as saying:

Donald was having a pool party at Mar-a-Lago. There were about 50 models and 30 men. There were girls in the pools, splashing around. For some reason Donald seemed a little smitten with me. He just started talking to me and nobody else.

He suddenly took me by the hand, and he started to show me around the mansion. He asked me if I had a swimsuit with me. I said no. I hadn’t intended to swim. He took me into a room and opened drawers and asked me to put on a swimsuit.

The article then goes on to describe the encounter as a “a debasing face-to-face encounter between Mr. Trump and a young woman he hardly knew.” Brewer Lane says she believes that is an inaccurate depiction of her relationship with Trump, whom she says never mistreated her. Brewer Lane also insists she never witnessed Trump mistreating other women. Brewer Lane also claims the New York Times “spun” her statements to make the encounter appear worse than it was.

“They spun it to where it appeared negative. I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump, and I don’t appreciate them making it look like that I was saying that it was a negative experience because it was not,” she said.

Donald Trump has also spoken out against the story on Twitter.

Trump misspelled Rowanne’s first name in his tweet. The businessman and leading Republican presidential candidate has been lambasted in traditional media for his treatment of women in public, from statements he’s made on his television show the Apprentice to comments he made following a Fox News debate hosted by Megyn Kelly last summer.

Read more: RNC Chair Says Trump Will Have to ‘Answer for’ Reported Treatment of Women

Trump denies that he’s sexist and has called the allegations proof of liberal bias. The New York Times has not yet released a statement about Brewer Lane’s claims.

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