Billy Bush says Donald Trump Access Hollywood tape is real

Billy Bush says it was indeed Donald Trump’s voice captured on a 2005 Access Hollywood tape talking about fame enabling him to grope and try to have sex with women. At one point, Trump describes trying to have sex with a married woman. “But all of us were guilty of sacrificing a bit of ourselves in the name of success.”

© The Associated Press, 2017 “Of course he said it,” the former Access Hollywood and Today show personality said in an op-ed published Sunday in The New York Times. We now know better.”
The recording of the lewd conversation between Bush and Trump emerged during the 2016 presidential campaign. He denied it. But Bush said he believes the women, and he felt the need to write the piece following reports that Trump had privately suggested, according to The New York Times, that the Access Hollywood tape was not authentic. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House for New York, in Washington on Saturday. “I can only imagine how it has reopened the wounds of the women who came forward with their stories about him, and did not receive enough attention,” Bush said. He said he has since gone through a lot of soul searching. U.S. “You can do anything.”

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“Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act,” Bush said in the op-ed. “He was performing. Its leader is wantonly poking the bear.”

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Bush, who had recently been hired as co-host of the Today show, lost his job following the release of the tape. (James Lawler Duggan/Reuters)

In the waning days of the presidential election, more than a dozen women came forward to say that Trump had sexually assaulted or harassed them over the years. “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says. Trump later said he never did any of the actions described on the tape, and dismissed his words as locker room talk. He also brags about women letting him kiss and grab them because he is famous. “None of us were guilty of knowingly enabling our future president,” he said. “This country is currently trying to reconcile itself to years of power abuse and sexual misconduct. The video shows Trump, who at the time was the star of The Apprentice, riding on an Access Hollywood bus with then-host Bush. Surely, we thought, none of this was real.