Bush -- who was working for Access Hollywood at the time of the 2005 recording -- explains why he reacted that way to Trump's inappropriate remarks. "The key to succeeding in my line of work was establishing a strong rapport with celebrities. I did that, and was rewarded for it," he writes. "My segments with Donald Trump when I was just a correspondent were part of the reason I got promoted. NBC tripled my salary and paid for my moving van from New York to Los Angeles."
He adds, "Was I acting out of self-interest? You bet I was. Was I alone? Far from it."
As for how Bush has been coping since the release of the tape, he admits, "This last year has been an odyssey, the likes of which I hope to never face again: anger, anxiety, betrayal, humiliation, many selfish but, I hope, understandable emotions. But these have given way to light, both spiritual and intellectual. It’s been fortifying."
He goes on to respond to Trump reportedly claiming that it is not him talking on the tape. "President Trump is currently indulging in some revisionist history, reportedly telling allies, including at least one United States senator, that the voice on the tape is not his. This has hit a raw nerve in me," he notes. "I can only imagine how it has reopened the wounds of the women who came forward with their stories about him, and did not receive enough attention."