Actress who was subject of Donald Trump’s lewd remarks ready to move forward

The actress who was the subject of Donald Trump’s and Billy Bush’s lewd remarks in 2005 that has sent Trump’s campaign into a tailspin is ready to move forward.

“I’m ready to use it for women to step forward and to do good things, for my life, and for other people,” Arianne Zucker told the “Today” show in a segment aired Thursday morning.

“They are offensive comments for, for women, period, yes, they are,” Zucker said.


Both men were recorded making lascivious comments about her appearance before she greeted them when they visited the set of “Days of Our Lives,” which stars Zucker as Nicole Walker. In Sunday’s debate, Trump called the remarks “locker room talk.”

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On “Today,” Zucker said she only felt “professional” when greeting Trump and Bush, unaware of the comments they had made.

Since the weekend, several women have emerged with accusations of inappropriate behavior against the Republican presidential nominee. Top Republicans, including Speaker Paul Ryan, have withdrawn their support of the candidate.

Bush, who was a coanchor on “Today,” has been suspended by NBC News. He is reportedly negotiating an exit from the network.

Nicole Hernandez can be reached at nicole.hernandez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @NRHSJax.