Nancy O’Dell Responds to Donald Trump’s Lewd Video
By now, you’ve seen the shocking video from 2005 in which Donald Trump and TV personality Billy Bush talk openly about sexually assaulting women. During the “locker room banter,” a specific woman was referenced that the real estate mogul says he pursued sexually – Nancy O’Dell. Now the Entertainment Tonight host is discussing the controversy.
“I feel it’s very important that I address you all directly,” O’Dell said in a new clip. “As a journalist for 26 years now, it is my job to bring you news about others, rather than turning the focus on myself. But by now, I’m sure that most of you have heard the audio tape which became national news and part of the presidential race. My name was mentioned and, unfortunately, the release of it has thrown me into the middle of the political arena of which I didn’t ask to be a part.”
O’Dell went on to condemn Trump and Bush’s flagrant disrespect for women: “I released a statement on Saturday and I truly mean what I said. There is no room for objectification of women, or anybody for that matter, not even in the ‘locker room.'”
Just after the video surfaced, O’Dell responded to the degrading way she was discussed in her first statement:
“When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women,” she wrote. “The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling. Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. 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.”
In the video, Trump and Bush discuss a woman named “Nancy.” The real estate mogul states that he “moved on her and failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and fuck her. She was married.”
O’Dell plans to address the video at length on ET this evening, which airs at 7:30 p.m. PST.
Here’s part of her new statement: