SHARE


Photo

A still image from a 2005 video in which Donald J. Trump was recorded having a lewd conversation with Billy Bush, top left, an “Access Hollywood” host.

The tape, without question, is real.

The famed recording of Donald J. Trump making vulgar comments about women while filming a segment for “Access Hollywood,” which was first reported by The Washington Post roughly a month before last year’s presidential election, figured prominently in the final stretch of the race. Its authenticity wasn’t challenged at the time.

But Mr. Trump suggested to a senator earlier this year that the tape was not authentic, The Times reported on Saturday, and he recently repeated that contention to an adviser.

The claim does not hold up to scrutiny.

“Let us make this perfectly clear: The tape is very real,” Natalie Morales, an “Access Hollywood” host, said during Monday’s broadcast. “Remember his excuse at the time was ‘locker room talk.’ He said every one of those words.”

Trump’s apology

Hours after the tape was published last October, Mr. Trump directly acknowledged that it was genuine.

“I said it, I was wrong and I apologize,” he said in a video recording.

Video

Trump Responds to Outrage Over Comments

In a statement, Donald J. Trump said that vulgar remarks he made about women in 2005 “don’t reflect” who he is.



…rest of the post