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'Access Hollywood' Defends Tape and Says It is Authentic
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29 Nov 2017 05:14 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image Source: Public Domain)

Perhaps to give credence to Roy Moore and boost his political options, Donald Trump has brought up the Access Hollywood tape again, more than a year after the scandal initially hit the news.

It may be backfiring, though, as all it's doing is questioning the president's actions and own sexual misconduct once more.

During the election, the audio outtakes of a 2005 Billy Bush-Trump interview was released. In it, the real estate billionaire could be heard disparaging women, commenting that he was sexually assaulting women with the tagline, "When you're a star ... you can do anything ... grab them by the p----."

This led to 16 women coming forward to claim that Trump had sexually assaulted them in the past. While many thought it would end his presidential campaign, instead it got him elected.

Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that earlier in the year Trump had indicated the tape wasn't authentic, and he repeated the same thought again recently.

Access Hollywood is disputing his statements. Hosts Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover are insisting that the tape is, in fact, authentic and very real.

"Let us make this perfectly clear: the tape is very real," said Morales on Monday. "Remember his excuse at the time was 'locker-room talk.' He said every one of those words."

Trump was also overheard on the tape saying he wanted to "use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know, I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. Just kiss. I don't even wait."

He was referring to Days of Our Lives actress Arianne Zucker, whom he was about to meet on the set of the soap.

She says now that she's stunned that the President is now denying saying such things.

"How do you apologize for something and then renege on it?" she asked Anderson Cooper.

"Let's take responsibility for ourselves and our actions," she continued. "People appreciate ... honesty. I really would hope that someone in such a high position could teach us a few things, which would be respect, honor, trust."

"It's upsetting," Zucker relayed. "You really want to see a person in a positive position helping others being respectful and honest people."

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary, tried to thread the needle of admitting the tape was authentic but not dwelling on it.

She said it was authentic and that Trump knew that. She moved on saying he'd "already addressed this" and insisted he "made his position clear at that time."

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