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Lewd Trump tape brought TV host's daughter to tears

Billy Bush (L) with the TV show "Access Hollywood" interviews "Celebrity Apprentice" star Donald Trump in 2015 at Trump Tower in New York. Trump made lewd remarks about women in outtakes of an interview with Bush in 2005 (AFP Photo/ROB KIM)

New York (AFP) - The infamous 2005 videotape in which Donald Trump boasts to celebrity interviewer Billy Bush about groping women brought the TV show host's daughter to tears, Bush told ABC on Monday.

Bush -- who at the time was with the NBC show "Access Hollywood" -- is seen on the video bantering with Trump, then the billionaire host of the hit reality show "The Apprentice," when the conversation turns to women.

"I don't even wait," Trump tells a laughing Bush. "And when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything ... grab them by the pussy".

The videotape was leaked to the Washington Post in October 2016, at the height of the US presidential election campaign.

"There was a powerful moment, my now 16-year-old daughter called me ... and she was in tears," Bush, 45, told ABC's "Good Morning America" in his first public comments on the incident.

Bush told his daughter not to worry. "And she said, 'No. Why were you laughing at the things that he was saying on that bus? Why were you playing along with it, Dad? It wasn't funny.'"

His response: "'Mary, I am sorry. And there is no good answer for that.'"

Bush was suspended and then resigned from NBC soon after the tape was released.

Trump, who dismissed his comments as "locker room banter," issued an apology in a brief video clip.

Bush, who is trying to make a TV comeback, also had a lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter for the magazine's May 24 edition.

Billy Bush is a first cousin of former president George W. Bush, and his uncle is former president George H. W. Bush.