VIDEO FRAME GRAB: In this 2005 frame from video, Donald Trump p There could be work for Billy Bush in debunking conspiracy theories.

Last week, the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape featuring Donald Trump's infamous "grab 'em by the pussy" comment started making headlines once again. The president allegedly suggested the tape could have been doctored, in spite of the fact that he admitted to making the vulgar comments in an apology video released last year. In response, Billy Bush, who appeared alongside Trump in the tape, has stepped in to separate fact from fiction.

The former "Today" host, who was an "Access Hollywood" correspondent at the time of the 2005 incident, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about the notorious footage, making it clear that the offending comments came straight from the now-president's mouth.

"He said it. 'Grab 'em by the pussy,'" Bush wrote to open the piece.

The TV personality went on to describe sitting on the "Access Hollywood" bus with seven other men, all of whom laughed as Trump described engaging in behavior that qualifies sexual assault. While Bush is contrite now, he explained that not only was it their job to keep "the network's biggest star" happy, they "assumed [they] were listening to a crass standup act." The idea that Trump was describing his actual behavior apparently didn't occur to them at the time.

Bush went on to list some of the allegations women have made against Trump (the president has denied the accusations), pointing out how some of them align with the actions Trump described. Bush wrote that believes the women and thinks "today is about reckoning and reawakening" as well as "constructive dialogue."

It seems that Bush is working on making amends, so maybe he'll get a shot at TV redemption. We're all for a show called "Billy Bush: Grab 'Em by the Truth."

[via: The New York Times]

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