According to a new report from the Associated Press, Donald Trump “rated female contestants by the size of their breasts and talked about which ones he’d like to have sex with” during his years-long tenure on “The Apprentice.” AP interviewed more than 20 contestants, editors, and members of the reality show’s crew for its story on the businessman-turned-presidential candidate, who made headlines last week after his comments about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado were brought up during his debate with Hillary Clinton.
A total of 12 people described Trump’s behavior on the record, while nine preferred to remain anonymous lest they violate the terms of their non-disclosure agreements or face backlash from Trump. This includes male contestants who claim that Trump would ask them to rate their female counterparts based on their looks during segments of the show that weren’t broadcast and many who recall Trump making comments repeated about a female camera operator.
“He would just mention it all the time,” said camera assistant Rebecca Arndt. “I remember him comparing Ivanka to her and saying that only Ivanka was prettier.”
Others involved with the show, namely Jennie Finch and Poppy Carlig, said that their experiences with Trump were more positive. “Obviously, he was complimentary,” noted Finch, “but never in an inappropriate way.”
For its part, the Trump campaign has denied the accusations. “These outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false claims fabricated by publicity hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees, have no merit whatsoever,” said Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump’s campaign. “‘The Apprentice’ was one of the most successful prime-time television shows of all time and employed hundreds of people over many years, many of whom support Mr. Trump’s candidacy.” Read the full AP story here.