UPDATE: Arianne Zucker, the Days of Our Lives star who featured in the Access Hollywood video with Donald Trump and Billy Bush, issued a statement Sunday. “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. 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,” Zucker wrote.
“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. 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.”
As Donald Trump continues to reel from the GOP defection and fallout from the release of vulgar comments he made to Billy Bush in 2005, Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell, the subject of one of Trump’s stories, broke her silence on the controversy.
In the audiotape, obtained by the Washington Post, Trump can be heard describing a married woman named Nancy who he tried, unsuccessfully, to have sex with. “I moved on her and I failed; I admit it,” Trump can be heard saying. “I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’ I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
The woman was later revealed to be O’Dell.
“Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all,” O’Dell said via ET. “When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women. The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling.”
Trump originally attributed the talk – which included the boast that because he was “a star” he could “grab [women] by the pussy” – to “locker room banter” and tried to deflect criticism onto Bill Clinton. But as the GOP defections grow, Trump’s campaign appears to be in freefall mode. As the New York Times reports, “Aides described Mr. Trump as shaken, watching news coverage of the video with a mix of disbelief and horror.”
“Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender,” O’Dell continued in her statement. “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.”