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Former US president Bill Clinton campaigns on behalf of wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania, 18 October, 2016. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

A former reporter for a local Arkansas TV station has accused former president Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting her three times in 1980. Leslie Millwee — who worked for KLMN-TV— claimed Clinton groped her and rubbed his genitals on her in an interview with Breitbart News.

On Wednesday (19 October), Millwee said she interviewed Clinton around 20 times publicly and also met him at the station's newsroom. It was in a small editing room at the KLMN-TV building that Millwee claims Clinton sexually assaulted her.

She added that when the two were near each other, Clinton would single her out with "inappropriate gestures" and flirtatious comments.

In the first instance of alleged assault, Millwee said Clinton, who was then serving his first term as governor of Arkansas, came up behind her and "started rubbing my shoulders and running his hands down toward my breasts." She said she froze and asked him to stop but he responded with laughter.

Millwee claimed the second alleged incident happened a week later. "He came in behind me. Starting hunching me to the point that he had an orgasm. He's trying to touch my breasts. And I'm just sitting there very stiffly, just waiting for him to leave me alone. And I'm asking him the whole time, 'Please do not do this. Do not touch me. Do not hunch me. I do not want this.'"

She added that the third alleged incident was similar to the second. "I was crying," Millwee told Breitbart. "The third time it happened it was just so overwhelming." She said she felt "trapped" and felt there was "nothing I could do to stop him once he started."

According to Breitbart, following the third alleged assault, Clinton came knocking to her flat but left after she refused to answer the door.

The former reporter said she nearly came out with her claims when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke. "I was very prepared to go forward then and talk about it," she said. "And I watched the way the Clintons and Hillary slandered those women. Harassed them. Did unthinkable things to them. And I just did not want to be part of that."

Breitbart News said it has been difficult to verify Millwee's claims but friends of hers said she is credible and there is "no reason to doubt Millwee's story".

The fresh allegation against Bill Clinton follows a scandal-filled week for Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual assault by at least 12 women.

The sexual assault allegations against both men are likely to become topic of discussion during the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday (19 October).