Trump in 2005 video: 'When you're a star' you can grope women

Trump and Billy Bush, the former Access Hollywood host now with NBC's Today show, engage in graphic discussions en route to the Days of Our Lives set. (NBC NEWS)

Donald Trump boasts that, as a "star," women let him do anything he wants, in a 2005 video obtained by The Washington Post that features the real estate mogul using salacious language as he brags of kissing and groping women he's attracted to.

In the video posted Friday, Trump and Billy Bush, the former Access Hollywood host now with NBC's Today show, engage in graphic discussions en route to the Days of Our Lives set, where Trump is set to record a piece about an upcoming appearance on the soap opera.

"I did try and f--- her," Trump tells Bush in reference to a married woman, while acknowledging he was unsuccessful. "I moved on her like a b---- but I couldn't get there," Trump says.

Later in the video, as Trump and Bush spot Arianne Zucker — who The Post says was there to escort them to the set for the segment — the real estate mogul says: "I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her," adding that he immediately starts kissing "beautiful" women when he encounters them.

"I don't even wait." Trump says. "And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything — grab them by the p----."

In a statement shortly after the video's release, Trump dismisses its importance.

“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago," the GOP presidential nominee says. "Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”

Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, tweeted that the latest revelations were "horrific."

"We cannot allow this man to become president," she wrote.

The video's release comes two days before a critical presidential debate where Trump hopes to rebound following a widely criticized performance in his opening face-off with Clinton.

In that debate, Clinton brought up a former Miss Universe's allegations that Trump had called her "Miss Piggy" and had made other disparaging remarks. That exchange led to days of the GOP nominee attempting to defend his actions, culminating in a series of tweets posted in the early morning hours by Trump in which he further attacked Alicia Machado, including referring to a sex tape.

The episode, as well as a recent Associated Press story that reported Trump often used lewd language when referring to female contestants on The Apprentice, amplified criticisms of Trump's treatment of women and overall fitness to be president.

Following the release of the video, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a statement that Trump's language "amounts to sexual assault."

"Trump's behavior is disgusting and unacceptable in any context, and it is disqualifying for a man who is running for president of this country," she said.

Contributing: Eliza Collins

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