Donald Trump has denied mocking a disabled reporter from the New York Times, saying he does not know who he is.
The billionaire property tycoon and frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination was criticised for doing an impression of Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition, at a rally in South Carolina
But in a statement on Thursday, he said: "I merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago.
"If Mr. Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do not know what he looks like. If I did know, I would definitely not say anything about his appearance."
I do not know the reporter for the @nytimes, or what he looks like. I was showing a person groveling to take back a statement made long ago!
Mr Kovaleski has since disputed this, saying the pair "were on a first-name basis for years" and that he met and interviewed Trump "around a dozen times" while working for The Daily News in the 1980s.
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been called up for jury duty.
The 69-year-old billionaire confirmed he will attend court in New York city on Monday to perform the public service.
He told a press conference on Friday: "Can you believe it, I'll be doing jury duty on Monday morning.
"I'm looking forward to it, I think it's fine."
Earlier this month, former President George W Bush caused a stir in a Dallas court when he turned up for jury service, although he was not selected to sit on the jury.