Donald Trump Caught on Hot Mic in 2005 Talking About Women: "When You're a Star, They Let You Do It"
The presidential nominee released a statement about the lewd conversation, which included comments about 'Entertainment Tonight' correspondent Nancy O'Dell.
Donald Trump's latest campaign setback has arrived.
Late on Friday, hot microphone audio from 2005 was published revealing the Republican candidate speaking crassly about an unidentified woman — later identified to be former Access Hollywood cohost Nancy O'Dell — that he apparently was trying to be involved with.
“I moved on her, and I failed. I'll admit it,” said Trump in comments unearthed and reported by the Washington Post, which edited a videotape of the incident. "I did try and f— her. She was married."
"I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn't get there. And she was married," Trump continued, after saying he took the woman — who is identified only as "Nancy" in the tape — out furniture shopping.
The paper said Trump made the comments prior to appearing on the set of Days of Our Lives, where the real estate mogul made a cameo. And he was speaking with Billy Bush of Access Hollywood in some of the comments. Trump was newly married to Melania Trump at the time.
At one point in the conversation, Trump and Bush reportedly discuss Trump's Days of Our Lives co-star Arianne Zucker.
“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” Trump was heard saying. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.” He then added, "And when you’re a star, they let you do it. Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything."
Earlier on Friday, Trump responded in a statement, saying: "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."
Later that night, he released an additional video statement on his social media accounts apologizing for his past comments.
Bush addressed his role in the clip in a statement to THR on Friday evening: "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 declined to comment. But in a report that aired on the show on Friday, anchor Natalie Morales revealed that the married woman Trump was discussing was indeed Entertainment Tonight correspondent Nancy O'Dell. THR also has learned that the Access Hollywood piece was already in the works when the tape was leaked to the Washington Post. A producer at the show recalled that Trump was on the show with Bush 11 years ago and decided to look for the tape. The entertainment magazine began working on its piece earlier this week. But it rushed it to air after the Washington Post reached out on Friday for comment. It's unclear how the Post came into possession of the hot mic audio. But one source points out that it was available on NBC's internal system. (A rep for O'Dell declined to comment for this story.)
Bush now is anchoring the 9 a.m. hour of NBC's Today show. He debuted on the show during NBC's coverage of the Rio Olympics and quickly came under scrutiny for an interview he conducted with Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte during which he failed to challenge Lochte's apparently less-than-truthful version of being held at gunpoint by Rio authorities. A source at NBC News said there have been no discussions of disciplinary action or change of role or schedule for Bush.
Hillary Clinton's campaign sent out an email to donors late Friday, asking for supporters to "do something with that sick-to-your-stomach feeling" and donate.
In a May 2016 interview with CBS, Ivanka Trump defended her father's treatment of women: "I'm not in every interaction my father has, but he's not a groper. It's not who he is," she said. "And I've known my father obviously my whole life, and he has total respect for women."
Watch the Post's video of the hot mic incident below.
Hollywood was quick to react on Friday; see the social media posts below.
This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president. https://t.co/RwhW7yeFI2— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 7, 2016
LADIESWE R NOT DISPOSABLE BLOW UP DOLLS,4RICH MENS PLEASURE.I HAD SCARY EXPERIENCE W/RICH IMPORTANT FILM PROD.& I WAS CHER— Cher (@cher) October 7, 2016
I WANTED JOB
Hi @realDonaldTrump u actually CANT grab women "by the pussy" &youre a predator in every sense of the word. Cant lie yr way outta this one.— jenny slate (@jennyslate) October 7, 2016
All jokes aside, what Trump is describing is sexual assault and he is a vile, abusive monster. But we knew that already.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 7, 2016
Trump apologists will try to say that bragging about sexual assault is "just locker room talk." It isn't. It's bragging about sexual assault— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) October 7, 2016
Donald Trump is basically Ronnie the Limo Driver with a little more business acumen, which he pronounces "A-cumin"— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) October 7, 2016
Jee-zus. I knew Trump was a sexist creep, but I didn't know he was also a mediocre one. Is he D+ at EVERYTHING he attempts? Yuck. https://t.co/vYSNOlUhGr— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 7, 2016
You know how some people make you embarrassed to be part of their group? That's how I feel about Trump and humanity.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) October 7, 2016
TRUMP AUDIO "You can do anything to women if you're famous...I just grab her p****" Presidential?— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 7, 2016
Holy shit.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 7, 2016
Trump...might have just been defeated by a Bush. Never would've picked Billy, but I'll take it.
That Trump recording is beyond disgusting. He'll probably say it was a PSA for a cat shelter. That's why he said pussy so many times.— Paula Pell (@perlapell) October 7, 2016
Speechless. America you deserve better than this piece of . https://t.co/DkgGpziupe— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) October 7, 2016
Appalling. What else do you need to hear? https://t.co/1JJL07f3fA— Michelle Kwan (@MichelleWKwan) October 7, 2016
So basically he's an orange Cosby. https://t.co/8fHUCeFdv0— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) October 7, 2016
Donald Trump thinks "when you're a star" you "can do anything" to women? Well you can't make me vote for you, you misogynistic entitled pig.— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) October 7, 2016
Trump supporters now completely in the "other people did bad stuff too" zone. The death rattle of the truly desperate.— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) October 7, 2016
Trump has left so much video showing what a liar he is. There has never been anything like it. https://t.co/AS1GnmWST9— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 7, 2016
I'd love to play this Trump audio clip on my show, but on CBS you can't even say "grab." #TrumpBush2016— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) October 7, 2016
I am disgusted...not surprised...but disgusted. https://t.co/bqW560zh0Q— Zendaya (@Zendaya) October 7, 2016
I never heard him "apologize" for talking to me & others about his family member's spouse, and especially her breasts. THIS IS WHO HE IS. https://t.co/W9RH1otj0t— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) October 7, 2016
The worst bit isn't what he's capable of- it's how his supporters ignore, deflect, or defend what he is capable of. https://t.co/7EjNtK0ZMW— Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion) October 7, 2016
At this point, I wouldn't be surprised by a vid of Trump forcing himself on a white rhino in front of nuns while lighting his farts on fire— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 7, 2016
We need better lessons for our daughters. We need better lessons from our president.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 8, 2016
Whether you feel it consciously or not, hearing these words out of a candidate's mouth is a threat. Take care of yourselves this weekend.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 8, 2016
Yes: he's a misogynist animal— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) October 8, 2016
But: the fact that he's a xenophobic racist demagogue & unqualified hasn't stopped him yet
Can we be done now?
If you have any more excuses about him after watching this, God have mercy on your soul. https://t.co/Xi8Xba3ijw— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) October 8, 2016