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Report: Trump Sexually Harassed Apprentice Crew Member by Comparing Her to His Daughter

An Apprentice advertisement at Trump Tower in New York City on April 15, 2004.

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The AP has a piece Monday about Donald Trump’s behavior on the set of The Apprentice in which a number of former crew members say he repeatedly made crude comments about female contestants while those female contestants were present:

“If there was a break in the conversation, he would then look at one of the female cast members, saying ‘you’re looking kind of hot today, I love that dress on you,’ then he would turn to one of the male cast members and say ‘wouldn’t you sleep with her?’ and then everyone would laugh,” said a former crew member who spoke on condition of anonymity because of a non-disclosure agreement.

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More on one particular incident from an anonymous crew member:

“We were in the boardroom one time figuring out who to blame for the task, and he just stopped in the middle and pointed to someone and said, ‘You’d f… her, wouldn’t you? I’d f… her. C’mon, wouldn’t you? … Everyone is trying to make him stop talking, and the woman is shrinking in her seat.”

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Trump reportedly also harassed one female camera operator by comparing her to his daughter Ivanka. “Eight former crew members said Trump took a fancy to a particular female camera operator,” the AP says, “and frequently gave her attention that made many on the set feel uncomfortable.” A camera assistant named Rebecca Arndt said, “Trump would publicly discuss the woman’s beauty and how her blue eyes and blonde hair compared to his daughter Ivanka’s looks,” the AP writes, quoting Arndt as saying that “I remember him comparing Ivanka to her and saying that only Ivanka was prettier.” (The AP spoke to the husband of the camera operator in question, who denied that his wife had been subjected to any unwanted attention.)

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Slate’s Seth Stevenson interviewed a crew member who described similar behavior in a June piece:

“He would talk about the female contestants’ bodies a lot from the control room,” recalls one midlevel producer. “We shot in Trump Tower, the control room was on the seventh floor, and he walked in one day and was talking about a contestant, saying, ‘Her breasts were so much bigger at the casting. Maybe she had her period then.’ He knows he’s mic’d and that 30 people are hearing this, but he didn’t care. That’s kind of him. During the campaign, when he was talking about Megyn Kelly, I thought: He’s obsessed with menstruation.”

Blergh!

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