Billy Bush Says He Would Have Called the FBI If He Believed Trump Actually Assaulted Women
Billy Bush claims he didn’t take Donald Trump’s “grab them by the p—y” comments seriously during the infamous hot mic moment from a 2005 Access Hollywood interview – and insists that if he had, he would have called the authorities.
“To me, it was more braggadocio — his word — and performance,” Bush said in an interview with Robin Roberts that aired on Tuesday’s Good Morning America. “I’d like to think if there was a grown man in front of me detailing his sexual assail strategy, I would have called the FBI.”
Bush remained silent about the tape until an interview in The Hollywood Reporter‘s May 24 issue. Both there and in Roberts’ GMA interview, Bush addressed the backlash he received. He apologized and admitted he agreed with his Today firing.
In the now-infamous 2005 tape, listeners heard Trump tell Bush, “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — 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. Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.”
Immediately following the release of the tape – and subsequent backlash – Trump issued a statement saying, “This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago … I apologize if anyone was offended.”
But in the weeks leading up to Election Day, Trump was hit with an onslaught of allegations of sexual misconduct from 12 different women — including former PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff, who alleged that Trump assaulted her during a 2005 interview at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump has denied all allegations including Stoynoff’s account — tweeting after the story’s publication, “Why didn’t the writer of the twelve year old article in People Magazine mention the ‘incident’ in her story. Because it did not happen!”
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