President Trump has privately claimed to multiple people, including a top aide and a current Senator, that the infamous “Access Hollywood” video in which he boasts about grabbing women “by the pussy” and kissing them without their consent may not be authentic, according to a report by The New York Times.
When the tape was made public by the Washington Post in October 2016, Trump confirmed that he was speaking in the video and apologized for his comments, in which he said: “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 ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Trump has denied other allegations that surfaced following the release of the tape, when at least 13 different women came forward publicly to accuse the president of unwanted sexual advances and sexual assault.
The Times reports that Trump is open to the suggestion that the sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore are false and politically motivated.
Trump also views calls for Moore to withdraw from the Alabama Senate race as similar to those he faced after the Post released the “Access Hollywood” tape weeks before the 2016 presidential election.
Trump defended Moore this week, stressing that the candidate has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.