Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's wife, Melania, defended her husband from accusations of misogyny and sexual assault Monday and classified controversial lewd comments he made as “boy talk.”
Melania Trump has remained largely out of the spotlight as several women have accused the GOP nominee of sexual assault and harassment, allegations that began after a lewd 2005 video surfaced in which Trump bragged about being able to grab women against their will because he is a celebrity.
During an interview with CNN, Melania said that she felt her husband was “egged on” by TV personality Billy Bush, NBC's “Access Hollywood” host at the time, who was also in the video.
“I said to my husband that, you know, the language was unappropriate. It's not acceptable. And I was surprised because that is not the man that I know,” she told CNN's Anderson Cooper. “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. Because they were kind of — ah — boy talk. And he was led on, like egged on, from the host to say dirty and bad stuff.”
NBC announced Monday that Bush has been removed from the “Today” show, where he was a co-host.
Melania Trump said that she was surprised because she had not heard her husband use language like that before.
“I’ve heard many different stuff, boys talk, the boys, the way they talk when they grow up. And they want to sometimes show each other, ‘Oh this and that,’ and talking about the girls,” she said. “But I was surprised, of course.”
Melania Trump also granted Fox News an interview in which she questioned the timing of the accusations. She told Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt during that interview, which will air in full Tuesday morning, that she believes the accusations should be "handled in a court of law.”
“All these women are coming out and they are allegations but they are not true. Why now? Why three weeks before the election?” she asked.