SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – A San Francisco-based reporter for The Associated Press unearthed the story of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s alleged behavior.
“We knew heading into publication that we had a really strong story, with more than 20 people talking about sexist, demeaning language that Trump had used on the set of ‘The Apprentice,’” reporter Garance Burke told KPIX 5.
The article Burke wrote would come to define the presidential race, in the final weeks of the election. A tale of sexual harassment on the set of Donald Trump’s hit NBC reality show.
Burke interviewed more than 20 people, cast and crew who told her Trump’s sexist behavior toward women made them uncomfortable.
“Talking about women contestants who he might want to sleep with, even when he was married to his wife Melania, ranking contestants by the size of their breasts, and also his apparent interest in one of the camerawoman on set,” Burke told KPIX 5.
“Apparently he would talk about her body, discuss how beautiful she was and compare her beauty to that of his daughter Ivanka,” the reporter went on to say.
Details so explosive, that “Access Hollywood” producers read Burke’s story and went hunting for archive video.
“It’s been very gratifying to see that this not only sparked colleagues at ‘Access Hollywood’ to take action and go back into their own footage but it’s generated so much interest in the topic,” Burke said.
The Trump tapes would send his campaign into a tailspin, and media outlets into a frenzy, looking for more evidence of impropriety. New allegations have surfaced, with The New York Times reporting on two women who claim Trump inappropriately touched them.
Also CBS News reported on video from “Entertainment Tonight” in 1992, where Trump looked at a group of young girls and said he would be dating one of them in ten years.
Burke believes this could just be the beginning.
“With Mr. Trump, it turns out there’s also a lot of tape,” Burke said.