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Arianne Zucker Breaks Her Silence About Donald Trump and Billy Bush's Lewd Remarks

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Arianne Zucker, one of the women who Donald Trump made offensive and lewd comments about in a leaked 2005 videotape, broke her silence on Sunday, hours before the second presidential debate.

The 42-year-old actress, who stars in Days of Our Lives, responded to Trump and Billy Bush’s lewd comments about her body on Twitter.

“I am a strong, independent, hard working mother, business woman and partner to a great man,” she began. “I have grown to learn that the words of others cannot effect the value of my self worth or define the content of my character. How we treat one another, whether behind closed doors, locker rooms or face to face, should be done with kindness, dignity and respect.”

“Unfortunately, there are too many people in power who abuse their position and disregard these simple principles and are rewarded for it,” she continues. “In understanding the magnitude of this situation, I choose to stand tall with self respect and use my voice to enrich, inspire and elevate the best of who we are as people.”

The mother-of-one greeted Trump and former Access Hollywood cohost Billy Bush in 2005, when the 70-year-old was on the set of the popular NBC soap opera to film a cameo for the entertainment news program.

She was presumably unaware that, minutes before meeting them, the two men were commenting on her appearance in a lascivious manner — Bush calling her “hot as s—” and Trump popping Tic Tacs “just in case I start kissing her.”

When the videotape was leaked, Zucker declined to comment on the issue outside her home on Friday, claiming “it’s not about me” to CBS’s Tom Wait.

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Trump’s comments on women in the months leading up to the general election, have sparked controversy. His latest remarks in the leaked tape have caused a stampede of Republicans to retract their support for his campaign.

Arizona senator John McCain announced in a statement on Saturday that he would not be voting for Trump.

“I have wanted to support the candidate our party nominated,” the statement read. “He was not my choice, but as a past nominee, I thought it was important I respect the fact that Donald Trump won a majority of the delegates by the rules our party set.”

“But Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy,” it continued.