DONALD Trump is threatening to sue the New York Times for libel after it ran a story featuring two women who accuse him of touching them inappropriately.
Mr Trump's camp is currently grappling with multiple crises, including audio of the presidential candidate boasting about his fame allows him access to women, even without their consent.
Mr Trump has described the comments as "locker room talk".
But from those comments, more allegations have come from women who say he kissed, touched or insulted them prior to his tilt for the presidency.
In this latest instance, Mr Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz demanded the New York Times remove its report alleging Mr Trump inappropriately touched them.
"Your article is reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se," Mr. Kasowitz wrote.
"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."
But while a Times spokeswoman was quick to defend the story as "public service journalism", the response from New York Times' vice president and top lawyer David McCraw has scored most of the attention.
His response is the closest a lawyer comes to saying, "I dare you", before saying that Mr Trump's reputation is so tarnished, there is no way the NYT report could possibly harm it any further.
You write concerning our article "Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them
Inappropriately" and label the article as "libel per se."
You ask that we "remove it from [our] website, and issue a full and immediate retraction and apology."
We decline to do so.
The essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of one's reputation.
Mr. Trump has bragged about his non-consensual sexual touching of women.
He has bragged about intruding on beauty pageant contestants in their dressing rooms.
He acquiesced to a radio host's request to discuss Mr. Trump's own daughter as a "piece of ass."
Multiple women not mentioned in our article have publicly come forward to report on Mr. Trump's unwanted advances.
Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself.
Read the full response from the NYT lawyer below: