A consistently inconsistent timeline of the 'Access Hollywood' scandal

Jan. 11, 2018

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Oct. 7, 2016

The Washington Post released footage of Donald Trump making inappropriate comments behind the scenes with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush in 2005.

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Oct. 7, 2016

The campaign responded in a since-deleted statement that dismissed the comments as “locker room talk” — not descriptions of sexual assault.


Oct. 8, 2016

Donald Trump replied to the lewdness of his comments in a Facebook video.

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Oct. 27, 2016

Trump somehow found a way to make himself the victim: He complained in a Bill O'Reilly interview that the leak of the tape itself was illegal.

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November 2016

The standards for Bush’s employment were higher than Trump’s: Bush was fired from NBC News within days, while Trump was elected president.

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Nov. 25, 2017

Stories began to surface that, a year later, Trump was still talking about the tape to people close to him, denying it was his distinct voice.

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Nov. 27, 2017

Access Hollywood clapped back in response to those reports, and it was spectacular.

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Let us make this perfectly clear: The tape is very real. ... Remember his excuse at the time was 'locker room talk.' He said every one of those words.

— Natalie Morales, Access Hollywood host

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Arianne Zucker — one of the women mocked on the 2005 tape — also debunked the conspiracy theory.

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I do know that I was there working. ... I don't know how else that [tape] could be fake, unless someone's planting words in your mouth.

— Arianne Zucker

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Dec. 4, 2017

Meanwhile, Bush revealed he checked himself into a California retreat to consider the role he played after he watched Trump's inauguration.

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He's got his hand up and I'm going into my little cabin to do the work. Tough.

— Billy Bush

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Dec. 11, 2017

In light of recent accusations from three of the 20 women calling for accountability from Trump, the White House issued a dismissive statement.

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Dec. 12, 2017

Trump doubled down on Twitter and denied ever meeting his accusers — despite the fact that one of them appeared on The Apprentice.

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