Trump Threatens Lawsuit Over 'Illegal' Recording

He says Access Hollywood bus was 'private dressing room'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2016 1:00 AM CDT
Trump Threatens Lawsuit Over 'Illegal' Recording
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Geneva, Ohio.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Donald Trump appears to be lining up another post-election lawsuit: On Fox's O’Reilly Factor Thursday, he slammed NBC for releasing video of his crude 2005 conversation with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush and suggested he might sue, the Hill reports. He called the bus where most of the conversation took place a "private dressing room" and said the recording was "absolutely illegal." "It was locker room talk, the microphone was not supposed to be on—not that I make that as an excuse for myself, but certainly it was an illegal act," he said.

Asked whether he would sue over the release of the recording, which was a major blow to his campaign, Trump said: "You'll see—you’re going to see after the election but I will tell you first of all, it shouldn't have been said but it was locker room talk and yeah, I mean you know we're gonna find out soon enough." Variety notes that it is illegal for a conversation to be recorded without consent in California, except in circumstances "in which the parties to the communication may reasonably expect that the communication may be overheard or recorded." (Trump has also threatened to sue the New York Times over a story alleging that he groped two women.)

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