Nancy O’Dell, a target of Donald Trump’s lewd comments, speaks out

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Nancy O’Dell, one of the women mentioned in Donald Trump’s controversial 2005 comments made public Friday, says she’s “saddened” by the Republican presidential nominee’s recorded conversation.

“When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women,” the Entertainment Tonight co-host said in a statement. “The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling.”

In the video, which was first published by The Washington Post, Trump is heard telling then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that he tried to make a move on O’Dell.

“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump is heard saying on a microphone that was turned on before the segment began.

Referring to “Nancy,” he said: “I did try and f—k her. She was married.” He also used vulgar terms to describe her body. O’Dell was a co-host for Access Hollywood at the time.

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In a statement posted late Friday, Trump said he was wrong and apologized, adding: “Anyone who knows me, knows these words don’t reflect who I am.”

A number of prominent Republicans have denounced Trump’s comments, including Senator John McCain and Trump’s own running mate, Mike Pence.

“Everyone deserves respect, no matter the setting or gender,” O’Dell said Saturday. “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.”

O’Dell’s response comes after Melania Trump, who had recently married the presidential nominee at the time of the 2005 comments, said in a statement: “The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me.”


In a statement posted on the Trump-Pence website, Melania Trump said she accepts her husband’s apology for his 2005 remarks. (Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters)

However, she went on to support him, saying she accepted his apology and hoped other people would, as well.

Arianne Zucker, the former Days of Our Lives star who was also mentioned in Trump’s exchange with Bush, didn’t want to comment on the tape on Friday to a CBS reporter in Los Angeles., saying only: “It’s not about me.”

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