Michael Cohen says Trump once leered at his 15-year-old daughter and asked: ‘When did she get so hot?’

A composite image of Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump. AP/Business Insider
  • President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, said Trump once leered at Cohen’s teenage daughter in 2012.
  • Cohen said he, his daughter, and Trump were at his New Jersey golf club when Cohen caught Trump staring at his daughter.
  • Cohen included the detail in his upcoming memoir, “Disloyal,” which is coming out Tuesday.
  • Business Insider has contacted the White Houes for comment on the claims.
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Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer and fixer to the president, said in his book that Donald Trump ogled his then-15-year-old daughter in 2012.

The three were at Trump’s New Jersey golf club eight years ago when Cohen caught the president staring at his daughter, according to the Associated Press (AP), which obtained a copy of the book.

“When did she get so hot?” Trump asked when he learned the girl he’d been leering at was Cohen’s daughter, according to Cohen.

Cohen included the detail in his upcoming book, “Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” which is set for release on Tuesday.

Multiple parts of the book are fixated on Trump’s interactions with women throughout the years, the AP reported. Cohen worked for Trump from 2006 to 2018.

In another part of the book, Trump once leered at contestants at a Miss Universe pageant, saying that he could “have all of them,” according to the AP.

It’s not clear when this took place. Trump owned the Miss Universe pageant family from 1996 to 2015, and Cohen said he was married at the time.

Trump has also cornered and forcibly kissed multiple women at his office, Cohen wrote, according to the AP. Cohen did not say which office this took place in.

When reached for comment, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany gave the following statement: “Michael Cohen is a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer, who lied to Congress. He has lost all credibility, and it’s unsurprising to see his latest attempt to profit off of lies.”

Cohen’s claims are among many other damning accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against Trump over the last four years.

Last summer, Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll said Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in Manhattan in the mid-1990s. Trump has denied all allegations of rape and said Carroll was “totally lying.”

In 2016, weeks before the presidential election, a damning tape surfaced of Trump saying it’s ok to grope women.

“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said on the tape, adding: “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Dozens other women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. Trump has repeatedly dismissed all allegations, which span ogling, harassment, groping, and rape.

The president has also exhibited a pattern of demeaning behaviour toward women, according to multiple news outlets that have documented his remarks toward them.

Multiple female journalists have also said that Trump demonstrates a particular disdain toward members of the press who are also women of colour.

Cohen wrote the memoir while serving a prison sentence in upstate New York. He had admitted to financial crimes and lying to Congress, and has since then publicly come forward about his relationship with Trump.

Since Cohen’s arrest, the White House has tried to distance itself from the former fixer, painting his stories as “lies” and saying that his prime motivation for pushing these allegations was to make money from his book.