Suspended “Today” host Billy Bush has a new Hollywood power lawyer, who has plenty to say about his client’s behavior on that behind-the-scenes “Access Hollywood” tape — and about his impending departure from NBC.
As The Hollywood Reporter put it, “Billy Bush’s exit from NBC News isn’t going to be as amicable as many thought it would be.”
Marshall Grossman, whom THR describes as “one of Los Angeles’ fiercest and most well-respected attorneys,” is the new member of the Bush legal team. Grossman, a partner at Orrick, appeared to put the onus for the tape on Donald Trump, downplaying Bush’s role.
Grossman told the publication: “If Billy had been passive or responded ‘Shut the f— up’ to Trump, Billy would have been out of a job the next day.”
THR adds: “Bush, Grossman says, was an NBCUniversal employee interviewing an NBC star in ‘The Apprentice’s’ Trump, so he wasn’t exactly in a position to challenge his interview subject.”
Grossman also suggested Bush is prepared to litigate against NBC if the exit negotiations don’t go well, THR reports.