'Married woman' in Trump tape slams objectification
NANCY O'Dell, the "married woman" at the centre of Donald Trump's lewd comments has hit back at the US presidential candidate, saying there is "no room for objectification of women".
Ms O'Dell, a journalist with 26 years experience and the host of America's popular Entertainment Tonight, said she never asked to be a part of the controversy that saw Mr Trump explaining his behaviour as "locker room" talk.
"I feel that it's very important that I address you all directly," O'Dell, 50, told viewers this week.
"As a journalist for 26 years now, it is my job to bring you news about others, rather than turning the focus on myself.
"But by now, I'm sure that most of you have heard the audiotape which became national news and part of the presidential race.
"My name was mentioned and, unfortunately, the release of it has thrown me into the middle of the political arena of which I didn't ask to be a part."
Ms O'Dell urged her viewers to change the conversation around women and objectification.
"There is no room for objectification of women, or anyone for that matter - not even in the 'locker room'," she said.
"The conversation has got to change because everybody deserves respect."
Last week, The Washington post released a 2005 recording of a conversation between Mr Trump and popular show biz reporter Billy Bush.
"I moved on her and I failed," Trump said, referring to Ms O'Dell.
"I'll admit it. I did try and f**k her. She was married."
"I moved on her like a b**ch, but I couldn't get there. And she was married."
During the conversation, Mr Trump described grabbing women and groping their genitals, even claiming he touched one woman under the table when they were at an event together.
Mr Trump then started talking to Mr Bush about Days of Our Lives actress Arianne Zucker whom they were about to meet.
"I've got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her," Trump said.
"You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful - I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait."
"And when you're a star, they let you do it.
"You can do anything."
Mr Bush was stood down from his media commitments after the tape aired while Mr Trump responded to widespread global condemnation over the discussion by saying it was "locker room talk" while changing the topic to fellow presidential candidate Hilary Clinton's husband's indiscretions.
"This was locker-room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago," the 70-year-old Republican nominee said.
"Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course - not even close.
"I apologise if anyone was offended." - ARM NEWSDESK