Arianne Zucker is speaking out. The Days of Our Lives actress shared a statement on Twitter on Sunday, October 9, two days after 2005 footage revealed a vulgar conversation about women between Donald Trump and Billy Bush on an Access Hollywood bus minutes before Zucker met the men on the soap’s set.
“My name is Arianne (R-E-on) ZUCKER (Zooker) and I am a strong, independent, hard working mother, business woman and partner to a great man,” she wrote. “I have grown to learn that the words of others cannot effect the value of my self-worth or define the content of my character. 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,” she continued. “In understanding the magnitude of this situation, I choose to stand tall with self-respect and use my voice to enrich, inspire and elevate the best of who we are as people.”
In the video obtained and posted by The Washington Post on Friday, the Republican presidential nominee, 70, brags to Bush about trying to seduce a married woman (later identified as Nancy O’Dell), and kissing women and grabbing their genitals.
Before the men exit the bus to meet Zucker, Bush, 44, can be heard saying as he spots her, “Your girl’s hot as s‑‑t.”
The business mogul replies, “I better 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. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p‑‑sy.”
After the footage surfaced, the business mogul turned politician apologized but defended his comments as “locker-room banter,” which he repeated during the second presidential debate on Sunday night. When pressed by comoderator Anderson Cooper, Trump denied that he had sexually assaulted any women.
Bush has since said that he is “embarrassed and ashamed” of the comments he made on the video. The former Access Hollywood host, who now is part of the Today show, has been suspended by NBC.
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