Republicans grapple with a bombshell 2005 audiotape published by The Washington Post in which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump boasts in vulgar terms about trying to have sex with an unnamed married woman and groping women.
"When you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything." These words were said by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a 2005 video recorded on an open microphone which emerged on Friday.
He now apologises for his comments about groping and making sexual advances to women. Trump says that the conversation, between him and TV host Billy Bush of "Access Hollywood," was private.
"This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course - not even close. I apologise if anyone was offended," he said in a statement released by his campaign.
In the video obtained and published by The Washington Post, Donald Trump said "You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait."
Being newly married, he openly bragged about trying to have sex with a married woman.
"I moved on her and I failed. I'll admit it. She was married. And I moved on her very heavily," Trump is heard saying.
Could this harm Trump's campaign?
This is not the first time Trump is criticised over his comments about women over the years.
In the presidential debate, Clinton slammed Trump for calling former Miss Universe Alicia Machado "Miss Piggy" because she gained weight after the beauty pageant and alleged she has a sex tape .
The latest scandal came only a month before election day and barely 48 hours before the second presidential debate where he might have to comment on the video.
Hillary Clinton criticised Trump's comments through a twitter post calling them "horrific."
This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president. https://t.co/RwhW7yeFI2— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 7, 2016
House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement he was "sickened" by Trump's description of groping women
"I am sickened by what I heard today. 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," he said.
"In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow's event in Wisconsin," he added, referring to a Republican Fall Fest in the town of Elkhorn that Trump had been scheduled to attend with Ryan and other top Republican elected officials from the state.