Melania Trump defended her husband Donald Trump in her first interview since the Republican presidential nominee faced allegations of sexual misconduct, calling those accusations "lies" and saying the mogul was "egged on" into "boy talk".
"I believe my husband...This was all organised from the opposition. And with the details ... did they ever check the background of these women? They don't have any facts," she said in a CNN interview on Monday.
She also said she had never heard her husband use that kind of language before.
"No, that's why I was surprised, because I said like I don't know that person that would talk that way, and that he would say that kind of stuff in private," Melania Trump said.
"I heard many different stuff -- boys talk," she said, adding "The boys, the way they talk when they grow up and they want to sometimes show each other, 'Oh, this and that' and talking about the girls. But yes, I was surprised, of course."
This was the first public defence Melania Trump has made of her husband since a 2005 tape in which Trump bragged about sexually aggressive behaviour toward women. In the wake of that report, several women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.
Melania Trump said her husband was "egged on" in the tape in which he made lewd comments about his own sexually aggressive behaviour toward women -- remarks she says were "boy talk".
"I said to my husband that, you know, the language was inappropriate. It's not acceptable. And I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know," she added.
She went on to say; "He's raw. He will say it as he feels it. So you know, I know he respects women. But he's defending himself because they're lies."
Melania Trump also backed her husband's claims that the election is being rigged in Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's favour, arguing that media bias was undercutting the Manhattan billionaire.
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