Marlee Matlin responded to a report on Friday that Donald Trump called her “retarded” while she was a part of his reality show The Celebrity Apprentice.
The Daily Beast published a story citing production staffers on the show, who claimed Trump used the derogatory term when talking about the Oscar-winning actress.
Matlin said the situation was unacceptable.
“The term is abhorrent and should never be used,” Matlin said in a statement. “The fact that we are talking about this during a very important moment in American history has upset me deeply.”
She added, “As a person who is deaf, as a woman, as a mom, as a wife and as an actor, I have a voice. And I’m using that voice to make myself heard…and vote.”
Trump made even more headlines on Friday when yet another woman claimed he kissed and grabbed her without consent while she was a contestant on The Apprentice. That woman, Summer Zervos, has retained lawyer Gloria Allred.
My response to recent media reports – Marlee. pic.twitter.com/Mkrbh47dUO
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) October 14, 2016