Nancy O’Dell; image courtesy CBS(NEW YORK) — Nancy O’Dell, who was identified by Access Hollywood as the married woman Donald Trump was referring to in a video that surfaced Friday, has responded to the lewd comments made by the GOP presidential nominee in 2005.
In the recording, first released by The Washington Post, Trump is heard talking about, among other things, how he tried to have an affair with O’Dell, whom he refers to only as Nancy.
“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump says, speaking about O’Dell, then the co-host of Access Hollywood. The recording reportedly occurred several months after Trump married his third wife, Melania.
O’Dell addressed the recording Saturday in a statement to Entertainment Tonight, of which she is now a co-anchor.
“Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all,” she said. “When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women….As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better.”
The video was taken as Trump was set to tape a cameo on Days of Our Lives, and includes comments he made about of the show’s stars, Arianne Zucker. “I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” Trump said, among other things.
Zucker on Sunday tweeted a statement that reads in part, “How we treat one another, whether behind closed doors, locker rooms or face to face, should be done with kindness, dignity and respect. Unfortunately, there are too many people in power who abuse their position and disregard these simple principles and are rewarded for it.”
Trump issued an apology in a short video statement Saturday.
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