The recording of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump bragging about aggressively groping women is just the beginning, a producer for Trump’s long-running reality TV show “The Apprentice” said on Saturday.
“As a producer on seasons 1&2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to #trump tapes there are far worse,” Bill Pruitt tweeted in the wake of the release of Trump’s 2005 vulgar and sexually charged comments caught on tape.
In recent weeks, more than 20 “Apprentice” crew members, editors and contestants recalled Trump making lewd or sexually suggestive remarks about women on the hit show that made him a media star.
But NBC, the network that broadcast “The Apprentice,” told the Associated Press it could not legally release any footage of Trump. It referred calls to another producer, Mark Burnett, who has declined to speak to the media.
— Bill Pruitt (@billpruitt) October 8, 2016
Last week, AP reported that during his years hosting “The Apprentice,” Trump repeatedly demeaned women with sexually tinged comments, rated female contestants by their breast size and commented about which ones he would like to have sex with. He made one such comment less than a year after marrying his third wife, Melania, in January 2005.
Because of the silence from Burnett and his representatives, it could not be determined which, if any, of the incidents described by former contestants and crew in the AP story had been recorded and which occurred when cameras were not operating.
It also could not be ascertained if any comments that were recorded still exist in an archive.
On Friday, the Washington Post published a leaked 2005 recording of Trump boasting to “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush that he could grope women as he pleased.
“When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump says in the previously unaired comments. He adds seconds later: “Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.”
Republican reaction to the videotape came fast and furious, with some calling on the bombastic billionaire to step aside or allow running mate Mike Pence to take the top of the ticket, and others simply withdrawing their endorsement.
Trump later offered a rare apology for the content of the recording, but called the videotape a “distraction,” defiantly attacking the Clintons for husband Bill Clinton’s past infidelities, and hinting strongly he would say more on the topic during Sunday’s debate in St Louis, Missouri.
Trump denied his campaign was in crisis and predicted the controversy would blow over.
A day later, CNN released fresh audio clips of a 2006 Trump interview the Howard Stern’s radio show, in which the nominee can be heard making sexually explicit comments about his daughter Ivanka, including referring to her as “voluptuous” and agreeing that she is a “piece of ass.”