Donald Trump has been caught on camera using obscene language to describe how he interacts with women.
In audio recorded in 2005 and released Friday by the Washington Post, he’s heard talking to Billy Bush from entertainment show Access Hollywood ahead of filming a cameo on Days of Our Lives.
During the clip, Trump describes how he tried to woo a married woman, who is believed to be presenter Nancy O’Dell.
“I did try and fuck her, she was married,” Trump tells Bush. “I moved on her like a bitch.”
Later, he starts talking about Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker. “I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her,” he says, adding that he’s “automatically attracted to beautiful women.”
“I just start kissing them, it’s like a magnet.”
“I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it … Grab them by the pussy.”
Trump responded swiftly to the news, saying that it 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,” he added. “I apologize if anyone was offended.”
Dawn Laquens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund issued a statement Friday saying that “what Trump described in these tapes amounts to sexual assault.”
“Trump’s behavior is disgusting and unacceptable in any context, and it is disqualifying for a man who is running for president of this country.”
The Republican presidential candidate has a troubled history when it comes to women. Last month, he defended himself for calling former Miss Universe Alicia Machado “Miss Piggy” by saying she “had gained a massive amount of weight.”
Earlier this week, meanwhile, an Associated Press report found that he was “lewd” and “sexist” while filming The Apprentice. He’s also used terms like “fat pig” and “slob” to describe women in the past.
Trump tried to explain why so many of his derogatory remarks target women on Thursday, insisting that “a lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment.”
Trump issued a video statement shortly after midnight New York time, saying that the clip “doesn’t reflect who I am.”
“I said it. I was wrong, and I apologize,” he added, before moving on to attack the Clintons and saying “we will discuss this more in the coming days.”
Here is my statement. pic.twitter.com/WAZiGoQqMQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2016