U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump releases a video apology for lewd comments made in 2005 about women, saying: ''Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.'' He said the 2005 footage of his comments were ''nothing more than a distraction'' from bigger political issues, before turning to former President Bill Clinton's infidelities. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released a video statement on Facebook on Saturday (October 8), apologizing for lewd comments he made about women but called the footage of his comments a "distraction" from bigger political issues. "I've said and done things I regret, and the words that were released today in this more than a decade-old video are one of them," said Trump. "I've said some foolish things but there's a big difference between words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims." Trump plunged into a deep crisis on Friday after a bombshell 2005 recording came to light in which he boasted in vulgar terms about trying to have sex with an unidentified married woman and groping women, saying "when you're a star, they let you do it." A stream of Republican leaders denounced the remarks, first published by the Washington Post, which threaten Trump's already shaky standing with women voters just a month ahead of the November 8 presidential election.