US President-elect Donald Trump has reacted furiously to allegations that Russia has compromising material on him, saying Moscow has “never tried to use leverage on me”.
Mr Trump condemned US intelligence agencies for allowing “fake news” to “leak” into the public, asking: “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”
The claims say his election campaign communicated with Moscow and also contain suggestions of prostitute use.
Russia also angrily denied the claims.
Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, said the allegations were “pulp fiction” and a “clear attempt to damage relations”.
At his first news conference on Wednesday since becoming president-elect, Mr Trump said the claims “should never have been written and should never have been released”.
“It’s all fake news, it’s phoney stuff, it didn’t happen,” he said, saying that “sick people” had “put that crap together… it’s an absolute disgrace”.
He thanked those news organisations that had chosen not to run with the claims, which have been circulating for months.
He also said it would be a “tremendous blot” on the reputation of intelligence agencies if they had been responsible for releasing the details.