Trump rebuked by ‘Access Hollywood’ host after reportedly claiming infamous tape is fake

A screen grab from the explosive 'Access Hollywood' tape showing Donald Trump, 'Days of Our Lives' actress Arianne Zucker, and then-'Access Hollywood' host Billy Bush in 2005. (The Washington Post).

In the wake of reports that President Donald Trump has recently suggested to at least one senator and adviser, as The New York Times has reported, that the infamous Access Hollywood tape in which he bragged about groping women is fake, a host for the TV show has spoken up to remind people of the sad reality.

“Let us make this perfectly clear: The tape is very real,” said Access Hollywood host Natalie Morales during Monday’s broadcast. “Remember his excuse at the time was ‘locker room talk.’ He said every one of those words.”

In footage captured of Trump speaking with former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush in 2005, Trump had appeared to admit to his own proclivity for sexual harassment and assault.

“I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” said Trump. “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” Below, watch the clip from Access Hollywood in which the show challenges the president.

Trump went on hours later to directly admit that the tape was genuine, but after being elected president his memory appears to be shifting. At least 16 women have accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault, and former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos has filed a defamation suit against Trump for claiming that she and his other accusers were liars who only wanted attention. In recent days, Trump has also spoken up in defense of embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore by questioning why nine women, including five women who said he molested them when they were teenagers, hadn’t spoken up about their experiences before.

Speaking during an appearance on CNN, Arianne Zucker, the actress who Trump claimed he was hoping to kiss in the Access Hollywood tape, reacted to Trump’s sudden narrative change, questioning how it was possible that he “could apologize for something, and then renege on it.”

Perhaps Trump was taking lessons from Moore, who last month admitted to Sean Hannity that he knew two of the women who accused him of assaulting them when they were teenagers — saying of one of his accusers, “If we did go out on dates, then we did,” — only to claim on Monday that he didn’t, in fact, know any of the women who had accused him.

Watch video of Zucker’s appearance on CNN below.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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