US Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been sharply criticised over lewd and sexually charged comments he made about women reportedly in 2005.
The celebrity businessman bragged about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women on a video recording released by The Washington Post and NBC News on Friday.
The former reality TV star boasted “when you’re a star, they let you do it”, in a conversation with Billy Bush, then a host of the television show “Access Hollywood”, as he waited to make a cameo appearance on a soap opera 11 years ago.
According to news reports, the statements were captured by a live microphone that Trump did not appear to know was recording their conversation.
Unfortunately for Trump, the video is being released just two days before Trump will face his rival, Hillary Clinton, in their second presidential debate and as he confronts a series of stories about his past comments about women.
The media report added that the remarks were recorded months after the reality TV star married his third wife, Melania. He is heard bemoaning that he tried and failed to seduce an unidentified woman, saying, “I moved on her and I failed, I’ll admit”.
“I did try and f— her. She was married,” Trump was heard as saying the the record. “And 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.'”
Trump said he “moved on her like bitch” and then made a crass remark about the woman’s breast implants. Then, after seeing the actress Arianne Zucker on the set of the soap opera on which he was to appear, he said he needed some breath mints “just in case I start kissing her”.
“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,” Trump said. “And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.” He added: “Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.”
Soon after the tape was released by the two media organisation, Trump apologised via his Twitter page.
Trump, in a filmed statement, said: “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret … Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t regret who I am. i said it, I was wrong and I apologise.”