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Melania Trump says husband 'egged on' about women

MELANIA Trump has claimed her husband was 'egged on' to make controversial comments about women on a hot microphone in 2005.

Donald Trump's comments in the leaked tape were described as 'boy talk' in an interview Melania did with CNN.

Several women have accused Mr Trump of sexual assault and harassment following the video in which Trump bragged about being able to grab women against their will because he is a celebrity.

Melania said that she felt her husband was "egged on" by TV personality Billy Bush, who was 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 (sic). It's not acceptable. And I was surprised because that is not the man that I know," she told CNN.

"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."

Bush has since been suspended from NBC's Today.

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Melania said  she was surprised by the tape because she had not heard Trump 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."

In an interview with Fox News, she expressed dismay with her husband's words.

"Those words, they were offensive to me and they were inappropriate," Melania said. "And he apologised to me." She said she had accepted his apology. "We are moving on," she said.

"This is not the man that I know," she said.

Donald Trump's support from female voters has dived, putting him further behind Hillary Clinton in both national and swing-state voting.

It's unclear whether Melania Trump's comments are likely to change her husband's chances of winning office.

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