According to a former producer of The Apprentice, there are “far worse” videos of Republican presidential nominee than the one released Friday, where Trump discussed grabbing women “by the p—y.”
“As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of [The Apprentice], I assure you: when it comes to the [Trump tapes] there are far worse,” tweeted Bill Pruitt, a television producer who worked on the show in 2004 and 2005.
On Friday, the Washington Post released a video of Trump and former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush making graphic comments about women, including that Trump tried to “f—” former Access Hollywood host Nancy O’Dell.
The video came just days after an Associated Press report about Trump’s alleged behavior as host of The Apprentice. “Eight former crew members recalled that he repeatedly made lewd comments about a camerawoman he said had a nice rear, comparing her beauty to that of his daughter, Ivanka,” read the Associated Press piece. “During one season, Trump called for female contestants to wear shorter dresses that also showed more cleavage, according to contestant Gene Folkes. Several cast members said Trump had one female contestant twirl before him so he could ogle her figure.”
Trump’s campaign denied the AP report, calling the claims “outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false claims fabricated by publicity hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees.”
Whether footage from Trump’s time on The Apprentice becomes available is unclear. An NBC spokesperson told Politico, “We don’t own the footage. We’re pursuing it along with every other news organization reporting on this story.” Representatives for Mark Burnett, who produces The Apprentice and licenses the footage to NBC, were not immediately available; an email to Pruitt to elaborate on his tweet did not receive an immediate response.
Trump remained under fire on Saturday following his remarks, with prominent members of the GOP backing away from his candidacy, including John McCain.