Billy Bush confirms 'revisionist' Trump's lewd comments

Billy Bush confirms it was Trump's voice on 'Access Hollywood' tape: 'Yes, Donald Trump, you said that'

The op-ed, published on December 3, was in direct response to Trump's recent assertion that the voice on the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape "was not authentic" and that the "locker room talk" was doctored.

In an op-ed in The New York Times, Bush says that Trump is now saying that wasn't his voice on the tape, notes the Daily Mail. Bush remarked that the whole story echoes the accounts of at least 20 women who have recently accused Trump of sexual misconduct, which makes the accusations much more realistic. He denied it. Bush says he felt the need to write the piece following reports that Trump has privately suggested that the tape is not authentic.

"The key to succeeding in my line of work was establishing strong rapport with celebrities", Bush writes.

The Billy Bush case also opens up another important question: When we pull back all the rallying around Bush and stop comparing his actions to Donald Trump's behavior, is he himself really worth all the hullabaloo?

He ended his op-ed with by praising the women who have come forward against Trump and others. "Was I acting out of self-interest?" "But all of us were guilty of sacrificing a bit of ourselves in the name of success".

The long-serving TV and radio host went on to open up about the effect the leak of the tape has had on him, and his own growing understanding of the current climate around sexual assault and power imbalances that victimise women. Bush added that he received a raise that tripled his salary shortly after the 2005 incident.


In the days, weeks and months to follow, I was highly critical of the idea of a Trump presidency.

Bush wrote that he now thinks of his experience with the president much differently: "The man who once told me-ironically, in another off-camera conversation-after I called him out for inflating his ratings: 'People will just believe you".

'You have my respect and admiration.

On a personal note, this a year ago has been an odyssey, the likes of which I hope to never face again: anger, anxiety, betrayal, humiliation, many selfish but, I hope, understandable emotions. He said that he has "real thoughts" about workplace harassment and gender discrimination but that they are "a story for another day". But these have given way to light, both spiritual and intellectual.

"After everything over the past year", he concludes, "I think I'm a better man and father to my three teenage daughters - far from ideal, but better".

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