Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has become embroiled in fresh controversy, after it emerged he called a woman “disgusting” for pausing a court case to breastfeed her newborn baby.
Trump is reported to have made the jibe in 2011 while testifying during a deposition over a failed real estate project in Florida, which saw home buyers forfeit their down payments and allegedly lose tens of thousands of dollars.
Some two hours into the session, lawyer Elizabeth Beck requested a medical break. When the tycoon and his lawyers objected, Ms Beck drew out a breast pump to stress that she needed to feed her three-month-old daughter, the New York Times reported.
“You’re disgusting,” Mr Trump is alleged to have said, and left the room, ending an episode which neither party has denied, according to the US newspaper.
Trump's lawyer Alan Garten told the New York Daily News that his client's reaction was "solely [due to] the fact that she was appearing to do it in the middle of a deposition".
"That is what led to his remark," he said.
The incident was among a series of lawsuits involving Mr Trump since 2007, which the New York Times has said gives and insight into the businessman’s shrewd attitude.
In another meeting with Ms Beck, Mr Trump told her to “congratulate” her and her husband’s clients because they would have lost more money if the housing project had continued past the financial crisis.
Mr Garten told the New York Times the documents show his client "is a determined businessman who stands up for what he believes, speaks his mind and talks from the heart".
Mr Trump’s bid for GOP candidacy has been littered with controversial statements, including his description of Mexicans entering the country illegally as “rapists” and “murderers” and suggestion that an impenetrable wall should be built on the US-Mexico border.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
However, he remains the favourite among party supporters, according to a recent poll by CNN/ORC.
Statistics show Mr Trump has received more broadcast news coverage since the beginning of June than all of the other candidates combined.
The ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts spent 114 minutes on campaign coverage from the beginning of June through the end of last week, and Mr Trump was the focus of 60 of them, according to statistics offered by Andrew Tyndall, a consultant who studies the content of evening news bulletins.
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