On the heels of a story that broke earlier this week, in which the Associated Press interviewed more than 20 former “The Apprentice” employees, some of the cast and crew described Mr. Trump’s behavior toward women, recalling that he, on many occasions, made lewd and inappropriate comments.
The Trump campaign issued a denial, saying, “These outlandish, unsubstantiated and totally false claims fabricated by publicity hungry opportunistic, disgruntled former employees have no merit whatsoever.”
Access Hollywood has interviewed Mr. Trump hundreds of times over the past 20 years. In the course of reporting on Mr. Trump, Access has reviewed much of our own footage.
In 2005, when Mr. Trump came to Los Angeles for the Emmy Awards — for his nominated show
“The Apprentice” — he was also invited to spend a day as a soap opera star on “Days of Our Lives.”
Access Hollywood’s former anchor, Billy Bush, picked up Mr. Trump in our 10th anniversary bus at the Beverly Hills Hotel. We then brought him to meet up with one of the stars of the soap opera on the then-NBC lot in Burbank, where “Days of Our Lives” is filmed, and Access Hollywood was
During the trip to the lot, Bush interviewed Mr. Trump about his role on the soap opera.
“Well, the people at NBC asked me to do it,” Mr. Trump said at the time about his role on the soap. “I’m here in Los Angeles. It’s fun to do. I didn’t want to do it, and then, you know, and I asked Melania, ‘Is it OK?’ because the place is loaded up with beautiful women from what I understand. So she said, ‘It’s OK.'”
“What if she said it wasn’t OK?” Bush asked.
“I would have absolutely not done it,” Trump replied.
There were seven other people on the bus with Mr. Trump and Bush at the time, including Access Hollywood staffers, members of Mr. Trump’s staff and a bus driver.
Upon arriving at the NBC Lot, the Access camera crew was let off the bus so they could film Mr.
Trump disembarking from the bus and meeting the soap opera star.
Mr. Trump made comments about former Access Hollywood anchor Nancy O’Dell, to Bush.
“I’ve moved on her actually. You know, she was down in Palm Beach. I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f*** her. She was married,” Trump said at the time.
“Nancy, no this was — and I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping,” Mr. Trump continued. “She wanted to get some furniture. I said ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’ I took her out, furniture, I moved on her like a b****. But I couldn’t get there,
and she was married. And all of a sudden I see her she’s now got the big phony t*** and everything,” Mr. Trump continued. “She’s totally changed her look.”
Once the bus was in place, Mr. Trump and Bush, the last two on the bus, waited to exit as Mr.
Trump then made the following comments to Bush about the soap opera star, who was standing outside the bus, waiting to welcome Mr. Trump to the set.
“I gotta use some Tic-Tacs just in case I start kissing her,” he said, at the time, before exiting the bus. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful– I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said.
“Whatever you want,” Bush responded.
“Grab them by the p***y. … Do anything,” he said.
In response, Mr. Trump has released a statement.
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended,” his statement read.
This afternoon, the Clinton campaign tweeted, “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president,” in response to a Tweet from a Washington Post writer, quoting Mr. Trump from the Access Hollywood 2005 footage.
This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president. https://t.co/RwhW7yeFI2
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 7, 2016
In a statement on Friday, Bush said, “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago – I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”
— Access Hollywood Staff
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