Donald Trump raised questions about the legality of the famous “Access Hollywood” tape that surfaced during the 2016 presidential election, in which he brags about groping and kissing women without their consent, TheHill reports.
Trump discussed the tape in an interview with the conservative publication Daily Caller, saying he considered suing NBC over the release of the tape.
“The Washington Post obtained and published the tape in October 2016. But Trump speculated that NBC leaked it to the newspaper,” TheHill reports.
Trump is quoted saying: “I had a lawsuit prepared, a lawsuit that was prepared to be filed against NBC because they leaked that tape. I had a lawyer hired to bring a suit right after the election ended, but one problem arose. I won the election.”
During a discussion of NBC’s handling of the Harvey Weinstein story, Trump told Daily Caller that NBC is dishonest in its reporting on Trump.
The publication reports that Trump “would not call for the dismissal of NBC chairman Andy Lack or an outright removal of the company’s license, but he said, ‘he runs an organization which as far as its reporting on me is very dishonest.’”
Referring to the “Access Hollywood” tape, Trump said: “There’s even questions about the tape, there’s many things going on.” He added that the tape “was done in a trailer secretly” and said it “was illegal what they did.”