Friday 9 December 2016

'There's no room for the objectification of women' - Nancy O'Dell addresses the recording of Trump's lewd comments about her

Published 11/10/2016 | 08:13

Reporter Nancy O’Dell, who was the subject of Trump’s lewd comments on the 2005 tape. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File
Reporter Nancy O’Dell, who was the subject of Trump’s lewd comments on the 2005 tape. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File
Entertainment Tonight star Nancy O’Dell has hit back at lewd comments made about her by Donald Trump (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. AP Photo/John Locher

Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell says women shouldn't be objectified - even in the locker room.

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On the entertainment news show on Monday night, O'Dell addressed the crude comments made about her by the Republican presidential hopeful.

Shortly after a video surfaced of Trump bragging about how he likes to sexually assault women in 2005, Access Hollywood revealed one of the women the business mogul was talking about was O’Dell.

As he travelled on a bus with Billy Bush of Access Hollywood to meet Days of our Lives actress Arianna Zucker, Mr Trump bragged about his attempts to have sexual intercourse with a married woman who rejected his advances.

Entertainment Tonight star Nancy O’Dell has hit back at lewd comments made about her by Donald Trump (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Entertainment Tonight star Nancy O’Dell has hit back at lewd comments made about her by Donald Trump (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

He insisted he had the right to do "whatever he wanted" with women, as he was a "star".

Leading showbiz journalist Nancy O'Dell yesterday identified herself as the woman and said she was "saddened" by the remarks. Trump, who was 59 at the time, had just married his third wife, Melania Trump. Trump has since dismissed the comments as "locker room banter" made a decade ago and said he had much "worse" from Bill Clinton on the golf course.

However, O'Dell said on Monday night that "there is no room for objectification of women" or anyone. She then added, "not even in the locker room."

In the recording that was published Friday by The Washington Post and NBC News, Trump also said, "When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything," adding, "Grab them by the p****. You can do anything."

Trump also disparagingly talked of O’Dell’s “big phony tits” and how she had “totally changed her look.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. AP Photo/John Locher
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. AP Photo/John Locher

In her remarks Monday, O'Dell says she's been a journalist for 26 years and "it is my job to bring you news about others rather than turning the focus on myself."

But the release of the tape that's become international news has "thrown me in the middle of the political arena of which I didn't ask to be a part," O'Dell said.

"The conversation has got to change," she said "because everybody deserves respect no matter the gender or setting and as a mom, especially our young girls need to know that their hard work, their achievements, their intelligence, their heart are most important and those things will not go unnoticed."

She then thanked viewers and fans for their support saying their messages renewed her faith that "we all want a better and more inclusive society".

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