14:37 GMT11 May 2021
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    More than 20 people who worked on Donald Trump’s reality show, “The Apprentice,” have come forward detailing sexist behavior and inappropriate comments made by the Republican presidential nominee.

    Trump critic and 2005 Apprentice winner Randall Pinkett recalled the real estate magnate speaking openly about which of the women on the set he wanted to have sex with. "He was like 'Isn't she hot, check her out,' kind of gawking, something to the effect of 'I'd like to hit that.'" 

    An anonymous former crewmember claims that Trump would abruptly ask men on the show which female contestants they were sexually attracted to.

    "We were in the boardroom one time figuring out who to blame for the task, and he just stopped in the middle and pointed to someone and said, 'You'd f… her, wouldn't you? I'd f… her. C'mon, wouldn't you?'" The anonymous crewmember added, "Everyone is trying to make him stop talking, and the woman is shrinking in her seat."

    Other crewmembers recall Trump having a crush on a camerawoman, comparing her beauty to his daughter, Ivanka.

    Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, has denied the allegations, saying, "These outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false claims fabricated by publicity hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees, have no merit whatsoever. The Apprentice was one of the most successful prime-time television shows of all time and employed hundreds of people over many years, many of whom support Mr. Trump's candidacy."  

    Former Olympian Jennie Finch, a contestant on the 2008 season of Celebrity Apprentice, said that she had a positive experience working with Trump and does not recall any untoward behavior.

    "He was extremely supportive," she said, "You could tell there was so much respect there on all sides, especially with the female athletes…Obviously, he was complimentary, but never in an inappropriate way."

    The accusations come as candidate Trump has found himself in hot water after calling former Miss Universe Alicia Machado "disgusting" on Twitter, and claiming that she is featured in a sex tape, though no evidence that the tape exists has been put forward. He also implied that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton helped Machado illegally emigrate to the US to assist in her White House campaign. 

    "Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?" he tweeted.

    Clinton first brought up Machado during the presidential debates, while speaking about Trump’s history of sexism. 

    "This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs and someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers, who has said that women don't deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men." she said.

    In a Clinton campaign video Machado talked about being afraid of Trump and sustaining insults from him about her weight and heritage.

    "He was overwhelming. I was very scared of him. He'd yell at me all the time. He'd tell me: 'You look ugly' or 'You look fat'.” She said, adding "Sometimes he'd 'play' with me and say: 'Hello, Miss Piggy', 'Hello, Miss Housekeeping.'"


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