'Of course he said it': Billy Bush counters Trump's pussy tape claims

Bessie Dean
December 4, 2017

"To these women: I will never know the fear you felt or the frustration of being summarily dismissed and called a liar, but I do know a lot about the anguish of being inexorably linked to Donald Trump", Bush wrote. "He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real", Bush continued.

Billy Bush is reentering the public eye, and he's starting by sending a message to President Trump.

"I believe her", says Bush of Anderson's account of Trump allegedly groping her in a NY nightclub in the 1990s. He recently repeated his assertion that he was merely engaging in "locker room talk" with Bush.

On the 12-year-old tape, which resurfaced in the final weeks of the presidential election campaign last year, Bush and Trump spoke profanely about women - and Trump bragged about sexual assault. Bush added that after reading the accounts of numerous almost 20 women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct, he now believes "the "grab 'em by the pussy" routine [was] real".

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The former Access Hollywood cohost, whose vulgar conversation with Trump, 71, was caught on a hot mic, wrote that the president "is now indulging in some revisionist history, reportedly telling allies, including at least one United States senator, that the voice on the tape is not his". We are nonetheless curious to see if Bush has anything else interesting to say in his Late Show interview - if nothing else, hearing all sides can be important so long as they're authentic. In his article, Bush recalls reading about the women coming forward accusing Trump of harassment as he revisits the Access Hollywood tape aftermath.

"This country is now trying to reconcile itself to years of power abuse and sexual misconduct. Was I alone? Far from it", he wrote. "Its leader is wantonly poking the bear", he suggested, alluding to the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal that led to several other prominent men being accused of sexual misdeeds.

"Today is about reckoning and reawakening, and I hope it reaches all the guys on the bus", he concludes, adding, "I know that I don't need the accouterments of fame to know God and be happy".

'You have my respect and admiration. He is booked to appear on Monday's edition of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert".

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