Due to the recent interviews Megyn Kelly did on her show ‘Today’, this tape has been brought up in conversation once again.
O’Reilly described the evidence as “shocking” and certain raises serious questions about the new allegations against him.
In an interview with Newsmax:
O’Reilly told Newsmax on Monday that investigators working for him had uncovered an audio recording of “an anti-Trump attorney” offering an unidentified woman $200,000 to file sexual harassment charges against then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.
“It exists,” O’Reilly said. “We have urged the person who has the tape to hand it over to the U.S. attorney, because my investigative team believes there are three separate crimes on the audio tape.”
Yesterday, Samantha Holvey, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks all sat down with Megyn Kelly on her NBC ‘Today’ show demanding they have justice.
Holvey’s run in with Trump was at a Miss USA contest, where she was former Miss North Carolina, and alleged Trump went back stage in 2006 and ‘reviewed the women while they were indecent,’ reports the Daily Mail.
She said Trump was ‘just looking me over like I was just a piece of meat.’ ‘I was not a human being. I did not have a brain I did not have a personality. I was just simply there for his pleasure. It left me feeling very gross, very dirty, like this is not what I signed up for.’
Via the Daily Mail: Crooks claims that Trump assaulted her near the elevator bank in his office building. The office she worked in had rental space there. She says it started with him hitting on her.
‘I was so uncomfortable, and a little, yeah, threatened, like I didn’t have a choice,’ Crooks said. ‘And then he kissed me on the lips, and I was shocked, yeah, I mean, devastated, and it happened so fast, I guess, I wish I would have been courageous enough to be like, what’s going on, and you need to stop this.’
After declining comment on the matter initially, the White House sprung a statement on Kelly in the middle of her program.
‘These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign,’ the statement said, ‘and the American people voiced their judgement by delivering a decisive victory.’
It went on to say that the ‘timing and absurdity’ of the accusers’ claims, along with their ‘publicly tour’ they’ve started ‘only further confirms the political motives behind them.’
Leeds says she began telling her story publicly once it became clear that Trump was serious about running for president.
Trump has responded in the past stating: “All I can say is it’s totally fake news – just fake. It’s fake, it’s made up stuff. And it’s disgraceful what happens.”