The Trump campaign is firing back at former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, claiming that she was once the getaway driver in a 1997 murder in South America.
Reports say she the woman Trump allegedly called “Miss Piggy” was once suspected of being involved in a drive-by shooting in her native Venezuela in 1997 but no charges were ever brought.
Appearing on Anderson Cooper 360 Tuesday night, the host asked about the accusations.
“There are reports that Trump surrogates tonight have been referencing and been pointing to... about an incident in 1998 in Venezuela where you were accused of driving a getaway car from a murder scene. You were never charged with this. The judge in the case also said you threatened to kill him after he indicted your boyfriend for the attempted murder. I just want to give you a chance to respond these reports,” he said.
She replied: “He can say whatever he wants to say. I don't care. You know, I have my past, of course everybody has a past. And I'm no saint girl. But that is not the point now... [Trump] was really rude with me, he tried to destroy my self-esteem. And now I'm a voice in the Latin community. I'm in a great moment in my life and I have a very clear life. And I can show my taxes.
Machado, who won the Miss Universe title in 1996, claims Trump accused her of gaining 40 pounds after she took the crown. She told Inside Edition that he once called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.”
During Monday night’s heated debate, Hillary Clinton brought up the situation between the former pageant queen and Trump.
Clinton said: “He called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called this woman ‘Miss Housekeeping,’ because she was Latina. She has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado.”
In an interview with Inside Edition in May, Machado has blamed Trump's mockery of her weight for causing her eating disorder.
However, Fox News host Megyn Kelly pointed out a 1997 interview Machado gave to The Washington Post in which she said she had bulimia and anorexia before the Miss Universe contest.
Machado told the host that she “never had any problem before the Miss Universe pageant.”
In May, Machado told Inside Edition that Trump demanded she lose weight and even took her to a gym in 1997.
At the time, Trump said: “She weighed 118 pounds or 117 pounds and she went to 160 or 170. So this is somebody that likes to eat!”
Machado says she was humiliated as a result.
On Fox and Friends Tuesday morning, he did not back down from his past remarks about the former Miss Universe.
"She gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem,” he said.