DONALD TRUMP, who is now facing at least 11 allegations of sexual abuse from women prepared to go on record, yesterday made a desperate bid to claim that he was the victim of a "smear campaign" and a conspiracy to undermine him.

The Republican Presidential candidate has come under increasing pressure since his 2005 boast, recorded off-camera on a tour bus about how he groped women by "grabbing them by the pussy", was released earlier this month.

He has dismissed all the claims as "slander and libel". But with a further two women coming forward last Friday, along with allegations made numerous women of inappropriate behaviour such as walking in on models – including underage girls – while changing at beauty contests, his campaign are finding it ever more difficult to explain the accusations away.

One of the latest allegations involves Kristin Anderson, who alleges that the property mogul touched her through her underwear at a Manhattan nightspot in the 1990s. Anderson, now 46, claims that she was at the city's China Club when Trump, without introducing himself or speaking to her, reached under her skirt.

The story came to light late was she was approached by the Washington Post after they were told of the incident, and spent several days deciding whether to go public before concluding that it dismissing it would send "an awful message to women".

She said: "It wasn't a sexual come-on. I don't know why he did it. It was like just to prove that he could do it, and nothing would happen.

Later the same day a former contestant on the Apprentice, Summer Zervos, accused Trump of

aggressively kissing, groping and "thrusting his genitals" at her on two separate occasions in 2007, when she met the businessman, thinking that she was meeting him to discuss job opportunities.

Reading a prepared statement, and supported by her lawyer, Zervos was tearful as she described the assaults, which she was forced to fend off.

Other complainers include Jessica Leeds, who claims she was groped on a flight in the early eighties. Now 74, Leeds said that he grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hands up her skirt. “He was like an octopus,” she added. “His hands were everywhere.”

Last week makeup artist Jill Harth accused him of attempted rape in 1993 after he pushed her against a wall in his daughter Ivanka's bedroom while she was working.

Temple Taggart McDowell, is one of a number of women who claims Trump kissed her without consent as a 21-year-old Miss USA contestant in 1997. The same claim has been made by Rachel Crooks, who visited Trump Towers in 2005 while working for real-estate company Bayrock Group. People reporter Natasha Stoynoff has alleged that Trump pushed her against a wall and forced a kiss on her in the same year.

Cassandra Searles also claimed that only three years ago Trump repeatedly groped her, posting on Facebook that “he continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room".

Yesterday Trump claimed the women were "sick" people seeking fame or money and making "100 per cent fabricated and made-up charges" under pressure from lobbyists on Hilary Clinton's campaign.

"The only thing I can say is hopefully our patriotic movement will overcome this terrible deception," he said while on the campaign trail. He also mocked Anderson's claim onstage in North Carolina, pausing to reach out his hand to touch an imaginary woman as his accuser had described him doing to her. "I just heard this one. It's like, it's like unbelievable," he said.

Trump claimed that the smear campaign against him was being driven by The New York Times in particular, noting its connection to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, who is a major shareholder in the media company, a claim that Slim has denied.

Meanwhile, Trump's running mate, Indiana governor Mike Pence, promised the campaign would soon release evidence of the candidate's innocence.

"It's astonishing to see the enormous coverage of these really unfounded allegations, un-established allegations, compared to an avalanche of emails coming out of Hillary Clinton's years as secretary of state," he said.