How the shocking hot mic tape of Donald Trump was exposed

WARNING: This story contains graphic language.

NEW YORK — The videotape of Donald Trump that is shaking up the presidential election sat forgotten on a shelf at NBC’s “Access Hollywood” until just a few days ago.

On Monday, according to an NBC source, one of the entertainment newsmagazine’s producers remembered Trump’s 2005 taping session with former “Access” co-host Billy Bush.

Trump’s offensive comments about Alicia Machado were still making waves. And the Associated Press had just published a detailed story quoting former “Apprentice” employees saying Trump “was lewd and sexist” while taping the reality show.

With that in mind, a producer dug up the tape.

By mid-week, executive producer Rob Silverstein and his producing team had taken a look at its contents, and discovered that among other things it included a moment in which Trump told Bush, “And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

After that, “we were debating what to do” with the tape, an NBC source explained.

By Friday morning, a script had been written. The story was not slated to air on Friday night’s edition of the show, however.

Another NBC source confirmed that “Access” was working on a story, and that NBC News knew about it, but said that as of Friday morning the story “wasn’t quite finalized.”

That’s when Silverstein was notified that David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post had come into possession of a copy.

Fahrenthold has been reporting for months on Trump’s charitable donations and the Trump Foundation.

He asked NBC for comment about the tape around noon Eastern time on Friday.

The producers at “Access,” which is based in California, were blindsided by Fahrenthold’s call.

Contacted by CNNMoney on Friday, Farenthold declined to comment about how he obtained the tape.

But sources at NBC believe someone inside NBC downloaded the footage from one of the network’s video servers. The tape was accessible internally since “Access” was working on its own story about it.

After the Post called NBC for comment, NBC News staff hurried to finish its own story.

The Post published the tape around 4 p.m. NBC News quickly followed up.

Silverstein told Page Six on Friday afternoon, “I don’t know who leaked it. I have no idea.”

Does “Access” have other tapes of Trump speaking in vulgar terms? One of the NBC sources said, “Not that I know of.”

Reaction to the leaked video on Twitter was swift:


  • Jeff Woehrle

    Did Hillary describe her husband’s philandering as ‘horrific?”

    How about his assaults on women?

    How about his impeachment for lying about it?

  • Dan Wesson NRA Proud

    That was the most planed attack I ever saw in my life. But we are not stupid. The liar had to distract the people somehow. Hillary you will always be a scumbag. I went to college in the seventies and the conversations I used to here between boys and girls would take paint off walls. Get over it and work on fixing the mess this country is in.

  • Givemeabreak

    Where are all his defenders who say words don’t matter or that’s not what he meant to say it’s just words. How would you like him saying those words to your Mother or Daughter? Words start with thought. Maybe if he likes the look of your Mother or Daughter these thoughts are going through his head. He can just grab them by the p***y because he’s rich and famous. To him all women are objects. The majority of time he dissuses a woman he has to get a comment in about their looks. It’s obvious who this person is and has been from the start if you where really paying attention. Just another ugly American.

    • Allen

      Why don’t YOU give ME a break? You were probably out there as a “defender” of the OTHER one who was actually IN the Whitehouse, and for some reason he was so popular with women when he left that he could have been elected to a 3rd term if it was allowed… Well, I guess that depends on what your definition of “is” is… But then again, what difference at this point does it make? You mention ugly Americans, try looking in the mirror.

      • Givemeabreak

        I am not defending anyone. I always thought that the Republican party was the party of morals? What ever happened to that?
        Tell me how you think you will explain to your kids or grandkids that it is OK for Mommy or Grammy to be grabbed by the P***y. How can you even defend it at all? Maybe because you are low class just like him.

      • Allen

        I’m not defending it, but it was 10 years ago while he was unknowingly being recorded. If you wanna play holier than thou and go back a bunch of years to start condemning people for things they say privately with their friends you might as well denounce 90% of humans… But then again, as you said, we’re all just a bunch of ugly Americans.

      • Givemeabreak

        Holier than thou? I am an athiest. I was just raised to respect women. Obviously you missed that lesson earlier in life or maybe your parents where trash?

  • ht

    This is who Trump is. He’s always been this way and worse. If anyone is shocked at his behavior, shame on you for not paying attention.

  • I Am The Antipope

    Not as shocking as Hillary considering black people to be “super predators”.
    Nor is it as shocking as her defending a sexual predator in court.

  • Remove Tree from Eye

    I guess I wanna say that the media should have shame for bringing up such old news and forcing people to apologize for themselves. It seems that you would have to be a perfect human being (there are none) to have never done anything wrong in life.

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