Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been forced to apologise after a video emerged of him saying he could ‘do anything’ to women because he was famous.
The Republican presidential nominee was caught on mic just over a decade ago boasting about attempting to have sex with married women.
In the recording which was obtained and revealed by the Washington Post, Trump says: “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
The video on which Trump can be overheard is during a conversation he had with interviewer Billy Bush while they were on the way to a soap opera set. Trump says he can grab women “by the pussy” because he is a celebrity.
He says he tried to have sex with a married woman who is says has had plastic surgery to give her “big phony tits”.
He also talks about 42-year-old actress Arianne Zucker who escorted Trump and Bush to the set of Days of Our Lives.
In a crude outburst, Trump says: “I gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just Kiss. I don’t even wait.”
Despite the nature of the comments, Trump moved quickly to downplay what he said.
In a statement, the 70-year-old described what he said as “locker room banter,” adding that it was simply a “private conversation that took place many years ago.”
He continued: “Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course, not even close. I apologise if anyone was offended.”
But already, the offensive comments could prove damaging to his presidential hopes.
In a tweet, his democratic rival Hilary Clinton said: “This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president.”
These latest revelations come less than a week after the Associated Press (AP) published a report regarding Trump’s behaviour on the set of the NBC show The Apprentice, which he fronted.
More than 20 people who had worked on the show told AP that Trump had made comments about female cast and crew members, along with requesting that female contestants wore shorter dresses.
It’s not the first time Trump has landed himself in hot water with the female population. In previous years, he has referred to women as “dogs” and “fat pigs”. He also told news anchor Megyn Kelly that she was being unfair to him because she had “blood coming out of her wherever” in reference to her menstrual cycle.