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Arianne Zucker releases statement following Trump tape

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Actress Arianne Zucker has issued a statement following the release of a 2005 video showing Donald Trump making graphic comments about women, including the Days of Our Lives star.

“I am a strong, independent, hard working mother, business woman and partner to a great man,” Zucker wrote. “I have grown to learn that the words of others cannot effect the value of my self worth or define the content of my character. How we treat one another, whether behind closed doors, lcoker rooms or face to face, should be done with kindness, dignity and respect.”

In the tape, Trump says he wants to “use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” referring to Zucker. After the tape came out Friday, he released a video response, where he said, “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not.”

“I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them,” he continued. “Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”

In a statement to EW, Trump said, “This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”

Following the video’s leak, a CBS Los Angeles reporter asked Zucker to comment. At the time, she said, “It’s not about me.”

In her statement Sunday, she didn’t directly address the situation or explicitly name Trump. “Unfortunately, there are too many people in power who abuse their position and disregard these simple principles and are rewarded for it,” she wrote. “In understanding the magnitude of this situation, I choose to stand tall with self respect and use my voice to enrich, inspire and elevate the best of who we are as people.”

Read her full statement in the tweet below.

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