Donald Trump late Friday night released a video statement on social media apologizing for his comments caught on camera in the 2005 video leaked to the media earlier in the day.
"I've never said I'm a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I'm not. I've said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize," Trump said in the video.
Watch the full video statement above.
In the 2005 video, Trump boasts that, as a "star," women let him do anything he wants. The video was obtained by The Washington Post and features the real estate mogul using salacious language as he brags of kissing and groping women he's attracted to.
Trump and Billy Bush, the former Access Hollywood host now with NBC's Today show, engage in graphic discussions en route to the Days of Our Lives set, where Trump is set to record a piece about an upcoming appearance on the soap opera.
"I did try and f--- her," Trump tells Bush in reference to a married woman, while acknowledging he was unsuccessful. "I moved on her like a b---- but I couldn't get there," Trump says.
Later in the video, as Trump and Bush spot Arianne Zucker — who The Post says was there to escort them to the set for the segment — the real estate mogul says: "I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her," adding that he immediately starts kissing "beautiful" women when he encounters them.
"I don't even wait." Trump says. "And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything — grab them by the p----."
In an initial statement shortly after the video's release, Trump dismissed its importance.
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago," the GOP presidential nominee says. "Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”
Top Republicans, however, denounced their nominee, and House Speaker Paul Ryan Friday night essentially uninvited Trump from an event in Wisconsin Saturday where they were scheduled to campaign together.
“I am sickened by what I heard today," the House speaker said in a statement. "Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests. In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow’s event in Wisconsin.”
Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will make an appearance instead, Trump said in a statement. Trump said he will not attend because. "I will be spending the day in New York in debate prep with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus."
That debate session could be interesting because Priebus issued a short, but blistering statement Friday night, denouncing the GOP nominee's language.
"No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever," Priebus said.
Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, tweeted that the latest revelations were "horrific."