Melania Trump Says Husband Was "Egged On" by Billy Bush in Infamous Tape

The Hollywood Reporter

It seems Melania Trump blames Billy Bush for the way her husband, Donald Trump, was caught talking on a hot mic in 2005. 

The GOP presidential nominee was vulgar when he explained he liked to be forceful when hitting on women. Bush can be heard laughing at the remarks. 

In a Monday sit-down with Anderson Cooper, Melania Trump says, that the two men were engaged in "boy talk, and he was led on - like, egged on - from the host to say dirty and bad stuff."

She also says, "I said to my husband that, you know, the language was inappropriate. It's not acceptable. And I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know. And as you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on - it was only a mic. And I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on." 

Melania Trump: Donald Trump was egged on into "boy talk"

- CNN (@CNN) October 17, 2016

Melania Trump will also appear on Tuesday morning's Fox & Friends. An early peek at her interview with Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt shows Melania Trump saying she has accepted her husband's apology. "We are moving on," she said.

"This is not the man that I know." - @MELANIATRUMP on leaked tape of her husband. Don't miss the full interview on @foxandfriends tomorrow.

- Fox News (@FoxNews) October 17, 2016

According to an early excerpt, Melania Trump also defended Donald Trump's targeting of Bill Clinton.

"f they bring up my past, why not?" she said, interference to her former model photos being published. "They're asking for it. They started. They started from the - from the beginning of the campaign putting my - my picture from modeling days. That was my modeling days and I'm proud what I did. I worked very hard."

In response to the released portion of the Melania Trump CNN interview, Bush's lawyer, Marshall Grossman, told The Hollywood Reporter, "And I thought Donald Trump was going to claim he wasn't even on the bus."

The full CNN interview will air Monday night on Anderson 360. 

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Oct. 17, 3 p.m.: Updated with a statement from Bush's lawyer. 

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