NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Bush stated it was certainly Donald Trump’s voice captured on a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape speaking about fame enabling him to grope and attempt to have intercourse with ladies.
“Of course he stated it,” the previous “Access Hollywood” and “Today” present persona stated in an op-ed printed Sunday in The New York Times.
The video reveals Trump, who was the star of “The Apprentice,” using on an “Access Hollywood” bus with then-host Bush. At one level, Trump describes attempting to have intercourse with a married lady. He additionally brags about ladies letting him kiss and seize them as a result of he is well-known.
“When you are a star, they allow you to do it,” Trump says. “You can do something.”
“Along with Donald Trump and me, there have been seven different guys current on the bus on the time, and each single one in every of us assumed we have been listening to a crass standup act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real. We now know higher,” Bush stated within the op-ed.
In an look taped Monday for CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Bush addressed the president: “That is your voice. I used to be there, you have been there, that is your voice on the tape.”
The recording of the lewd dialog between Bush and Trump emerged through the 2016 presidential marketing campaign. Trump later stated he by no means did any of the actions described on the tape, and dismissed his phrases as locker room discuss.
In the waning days of the presidential election, greater than a dozen ladies got here ahead to say that Trump had sexually assaulted or harassed them through the years. He denied it.
But Bush stated he believes the ladies, and he felt the necessity to write the piece following stories that Trump had privately advised that the “Access Hollywood” tape was not genuine.
“I can solely think about the way it has reopened the injuries of the ladies who got here ahead with their tales about him, and didn’t obtain sufficient consideration,” Bush stated. “This nation is at present attempting to reconcile itself to years of energy abuse and sexual misconduct. Its chief is wantonly poking the bear.”
On Colbert’s present, Bush added: “Enough’s sufficient. Stop taking part in round with folks’s lives.”
Bush, who had lately been employed as co-host of the “Today” present, misplaced his job following the discharge of the tape. He wrote within the Times op-ed that he has since gone by numerous soul looking out.
“None of us have been responsible of knowingly enabling our future president,” he stated. “But all of us have been responsible of sacrificing a little bit of ourselves within the identify of success.”