President Trump said Saturday that he is “not at all surprised” by a report this week that Hollywood producer and major Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein has been accused by a number of women of sexually harassing them or making unwanted physical contact.

“I've known Harvey Weinstein for a long time. I'm not at all surprised to see it,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House on Saturday evening, headed to a fundraiser in North Carolina.

Trump was then asked by reporters about comments that he made in a 2005 interview with Access Hollywood, during which he bragged about grabbing women without their permission and getting away with it because he's a celebrity. In addition to that video, which was made public by The Washington Post in October 2016, more than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexually touching or kissing them without their permission.

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“That's locker room, that's locker room,” Trump said, using a shorthand for the lengthier explanation that he gave for the remarks last year — that he was simply speaking crudely as he says men often do in locker rooms.

A couple of days ago, the New York Times published a major investigation that revealed that Weinstein had reached settlements with at least eight women who accused him of sexual harassment. Weinstein is taking a leave of absence from the Weinstein Co., which plans to investigate the complaints against him. In a statement to the New York Times, he said: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”

Scenes from Trump?s second six months in office

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President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, second from right, pose for photographs with the University of Utah ski team during an event with NCAA championship teams at the White House. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
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