Earlier in the day, The Washington Post released footage of the Republican presidential nominee from 2005 during his set visit to the NBC soap Days of Our Lives. In the tape recorded by Access Hollywood, Trump can be heard talking to then-Access host Billy Bush about how he had previously put the moves on an unnamed woman — which the show has now confirmed was former anchor Nancy O'Dell.
"I did try and f-- her. She was married," Trump said. "I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, 'I'll show you where they have some nice furniture...I moved on her like a b----, but I couldn't get there and she was married. And all of a sudden I see her and she's got the big phony tits. She's totally changed her look."
Bush can be heard laughing throughout the tape as Trump goes on to talk about how he's able to approach women because he's famous.
"I'm automatically attracted to beautiful...I just start kissing them, it's like a magnet. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything, whatever you want — grab them by the p----. You can do anything," Trump said.
On Saturday, O'Dell released a statement through her current employer, Entertainment Tonight:
"Politics aside, I'm saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all. When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women. The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling. Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better."
Trump released a statement Friday apologizing if he offended anyone with the remarks. "This 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 — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended."
Bush also sent out his own public apology. "Obviously I'm embarrassed and ashamed. It's no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago - I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I'm very sorry."