At least two high-profile conservative women — one a prominent spokeswoman for Donald Trump — are vehemently denying their alleged involvement in extra-marital flings with GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz as speculation on the sex scandal swirls on social media.
The explosive tabloid tale in the National Enquirer surfaced Friday – and was immediately dismissed as "garbage" by the Texas lawmaker,
who blamed front-running rival Donald Trump and his "henchman" for planting the story.
Trump denied having anything to do with it.
But later Friday, a startling exchange erupted on CNN in which a Trump supporter accused former Cruz staffer Amanda Carpenter of being a one-time Cruz mistress.
A clip was posted by Real Clear Politics.
"If we're going (to) call Donald Trump's character into question, I would like Ted Cruz to issue a statement whether or not the National Enquirer story is true, that he's had affairs with many women, including you were named, Amanda. Will you denounce or confirm?" Trump supporter Adriana Cohen asked.
Carpenter shot back: "What's out there is tabloid trash."
"It is categorically false," she added. "You should be ashamed for spreading this smut. Donald Trump supporters should be held to account for it."
"I'm not spreading smut," Cohen argued, to which Carpenter replied: "I will not be intimidated. I will continue to make my thoughts known about Donald Trump and I am not backing down."
Trump campaign national spokeswoman Katrina Pierson also denied she ever had a fling with Cruz, taking to Twitter to bat back any involvement.
"Of course the National Enquirer story is 100% FALSE!!!" she tweeted, adding in a separate blast the story was "trash."
A third woman, known as "Sarah," also was pictured and described in the Enquirer story, but so far she has remained quiet.
The conservative website Conservative Tree House, first posted photos of the National Enquirer edition with the bombshell report, including pictures of five women, all with black bars over their eyes.
The website GatewayPundit.com,
reports it reached out to one of the five, who firmly denied the allegations.
"It’s ridiculous," the woman tells the site. "Anyone with half a brain knows it’s false… I don’t think the article is true. I can’t see Cruz being like that… All I know is it’s not me. There’s a reason they don’t use my name. They know it’s BS."
According to Salon,
two of the five are not public figures; one is described by the Enquirer as "a sexy Austin schoolteacher” and the fifth as a “$1,000-a-night” D.C. call girl.
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