Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone, saying that âwhen youâre a star, they let you do it,â according to a video obtained by The Washington Post.
The video captures Trump talking with Billy Bush, then of âAccess Hollywood,â on a bus with the showâs name written across the side. They were arriving on the set of âDays of Our Livesâ to tape a segment about Trumpâs cameo on the soap opera.
The tape includes audio of Bush and Trump talking inside the bus, as well as audio and video once they emerge from it to begin shooting the segment.
In that audio, Trump discusses a failed attempt to seduce a woman, whose full name is not given in the video.
âI moved on her, and I failed. Iâll admit it,â Trump is heard saying. It was unclear when the events he was describing took place. The tape was recorded several months after he married his third wife, Melania.
âWhoa,â another voice said.
âI did try and f— her. She was married,â Trump says.
Trump continues: âAnd I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, âIâll show you where they have some nice furniture.ââ
âI moved on her like a bitch, but I couldnât get there. And she was married,â Trump says. âThen all of a sudden I see her, sheâs now got the big phony tits and everything. Sheâs totally changed her look.â
At that point in the audio, Trump and Bush appear to notice Arianne Zucker, the actress who is waiting to escort them into the soap-opera set.
âYour girlâs hot as s—, in the purple,â says Bush, whoâs now a co-host of NBCâs âTodayâ show.
âWhoa!â Trump says. âWhoa!â
âIâve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,â Trump says. âYou know Iâm automatically attracted to beautiful â I just start kissing them. Itâs like a magnet. Just kiss. I donât even wait.â
âAnd when youâre a star, they let you do it,â Trump says. âYou can do anything.â
âWhatever you want,â says another voice, apparently Bushâs.
âGrab them by the p—y,â Trump says. âYou can do anything.â
A spokeswoman for NBC Universal, which produces and distributes âAccess Hollywood,â declined to comment.
âThis 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 â not even close,â Trump said in a statement. âI apologize if anyone was offended.â
Billy Bush, in a statement released by NBC Universal, said: âObviously Iâm embarrassed and ashamed. Itâs no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago â I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. Iâm very sorry.â
After the video appeared online Friday afternoon, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter: âThis is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.â Her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.), told reporters, âIt makes me sick to my stomach,â while campaigning in Las Vegas.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which has endorsed Clinton, issued a statement from Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens saying: âWhat Trump described in these tapes amounts to sexual assault.â
Trump was also criticized by members of his own party, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), who is running for reelection, and has said she will vote for Trump. âHis comments are totally inappropriate and offensive,â Ayotte said in a written statement.
âNo woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.,â Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.
One of Trumpâs most prominent social-conservative supporters, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, told BuzzFeedâs Rosie Gray: âMy personal support for Donald Trump has never been based upon shared values.â
Trumpâs running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, was at a diner in Toledo when the news broke â about to view the dinerâs collection of signed cardboard hot-dog buns, which includes one signed by Trump. But the reporters traveling with Pence were quickly ushered out of the diner by campaign staff, before they could ask Trumpâs running mate about it, according to Politico. Politico reported that the journalists, traveling in Penceâs âprotective pool,â were not permitted to film Pence as he left the diner.
The tape appears at a time when Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has sought to make a campaign issue out of his opponentâs marriage. Trump has criticized former president Bill Clinton for his past infidelity and criticized opponent Hillary Clinton as her husbandâs âenabler.â
âHillary Clinton was married to the single greatest abuser of women in the history of politics,â Trump told the New York Times in a recent interview. âHillary was an enabler, and she attacked the women who Bill Clinton mistreated afterward. I think itâs a serious problem for them, and itâs something that Iâm considering talking about more in the near future.â
Trump carried on a very public affair with Marla Maples â his eventual second wife â while still married to first wife Ivana Trump.
Trump has been criticized in this campaign for derogatory and lewd comments about women, including some made on TV and live radio. In an interview Wednesday with KSNV, a Las Vegas television station, Trump said that those comments were made for entertainment.
âA lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment. Thereâs nobody that has more respect for women than I do,â he told the station.
âAre you trying to tone it down now?â asked the interviewer, Jim Snyder.
âItâs not a question of trying, itâs very easy,â said Trump.
The tape obtained by The Post seems to have captured Trump in a private moment, with no audience beyond Bush and a few others on the bus. It appears to have been shot around Sept.Â 16, 2005, which was the day media reports said Trump would tape his soap-opera cameo.
The video shows the bus carrying Trump and Bush turning down a street on the studio back lot. The two men cannot be seen.
âOh, nice legs, huh?â Trump says.
âOof, get out of the way, honey,â Bush says, apparently referencing somebody else blocking the view of Zucker.
The two men then exit the bus and greet Zucker.
âWeâre ready, letâs go,â Trump says, after the initial greetings. âMake me a soap star.â
âHow about a little hug for the Donald?â Bush says. âHe just got off the bus.â
âWould you like a little hug, darling?â Zucker says.
âAbsolutely,â Trump says. As they embrace, and air-kiss, Trump says, âMelania said this was okay.â
The video then follows Trump, Bush and Zucker into the studio. Trump did appear on âDays of Our Livesâ in late October. In a tape of that cameo posted online, Zuckerâs character asks Trump â playing himself â for a job at his business, and tells him suggestively, âI think youâll find Iâm a very willing employee. Working under you, I think, could be mutually beneficial.â
Trumpâs character gives her the brushoff.
âThatâs an interesting proposition,â Trump says on-screen. âIâll get back to you.â
A publicist for Zucker did not immediately respond to questions on Friday afternoon.
Rosalind S. Helderman and Sarah Parnass contributed to this report.