The woman whose personal story led a New York Times feature casting presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump as sexist and inappropriate with women disputed the story in an interview on Monday.
The woman, Rowanne Brewer Lane, told Fox News that the Times' portrayal of her experiences with Trump was "very upsetting" and dishonest.
"I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump and I don't appreciate them making it look like I was saying that it was a negative experience because it was not," the former model and one-time companion of Trump said Monday morning. "He never made me feel like I was being demeaned in any way. He never offended me in anyway. He was very gracious. I saw him around all types of people, all types of women."
While Brewer Lane did not dispute the details of the story that began the feature story - that shortly after meeting her, Trump gave her a bikini to wear at the pool party he was hosting and commented on her appearance in it — she characterized the interaction as flattering, not demeaning as the Timeswrote she felt it was.
The story — which used 50 interviews with people who observed Trump interact with women over decades — portrayed Trump as unrelentingly obsessed with women's appearances, commenting on women's weight and looks repeatedly in the workplace, personally judging contestants in his Miss America pageants ahead of the actual event, and constantly courting younger and less powerful women.