A new report from the Associated Press claims Donald Trump often made lewd and sexist comments toward women when he was the host of “The Apprentice.”
The 20 former crew members, editors, and contestants interviewed by the AP said the Republican nominee regularly judged women based on the size of their breasts, talked about which ones he’d like to have sex with and compared them to his daughter Ivanka Trump.
Gene Folks was a contestant on the tenth season of the show and he recalled Trump asking that the women wear shorter dresses that showed more cleavage. (RELATED: Lorne Michaels Defends His Decision To Let Trump Host ‘Saturday Night Live’)
Randal Pinkett, who won the show in 2005, said Trump often talked about which contestants he would sleep with.
“He was like ‘Isn’t she hot, check her out,’ kind of gawking, something to the effect of ‘I’d like to hit that,'” Pinkett told the AP.
But Poppy Carlig, who was asked to do a twirl for Trump, said she considered his comments “playful banter.”
“I don’t immediately jump to the conclusion that people are having bad intentions with what they are saying,” Carlig said. “He said I reminded him of his daughter and I thought that was really touching because I know how much he values his family.”
Hope Hicks, Trump’s campaign spokeswoman, denied the claims made in the story.
“These outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false claims fabricated by publicity hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees, have no merit whatsoever,” Hicks said. (RELATED: Donald Trump Wants To Take Over Twitter In The Next Debate. Here’s How He’s Doing It.)
“The Apprentice was one of the most successful prime-time television shows of all time and employed hundreds of people over many years, many of whom support Mr. Trump’s candidacy.”