Billy Bush's new lawyer defends his behavior

Billy Bush's new entertainment lawyer is standing up for him in Hollywood, while Bush's negotiations over his departure from NBC continue.

Bush hired Hollywood power lawyer Marshall Grossman, who promptly spoke Thursday to The Hollywood Reporter, a leading trade publication.

Bush has been suspended indefinitely from his new job at NBC's Today show following the leak of a 2005 Access Hollywood tape of him with Donald Trump, the reality-TV star-turned-GOP presidential candidate, laughing and bragging in obscene terms about sexually assaulting women.

Since the hot-mic tape came out last week, Trump's campaign has been upended and Bush's heretofore charmed career is in jeopardy under an avalanche of criticism for participating in the lewd conversation – and for allegedly failing to tell his NBC News bosses about a tape relevant to the presidential election.

But Grossman asserted to THR that Bush was just doing his job: As an anchor on NBC-owned Access interviewing Trump, then star of NBC's The Apprentice, Bush was not in a position to challenge or chastise Trump for his misogynistic remarks.

If Bush had been passive or told Trump to shut up, "Billy would have been out of a job the next day," says Grossman, a partner at Orrick in Los Angeles.

Bush's many critics have pointed out that he seemed to be encouraging and egging on Trump in his lewd remarks, some of which were about Bush's then-colleague atAccess, Nancy O'Dell.

Grossman did not return calls from USA TODAY or the Associated Press, and attempts to reach a representative for Bush were unsuccessful.

NBC has been mum since announcing Bush's suspension on Sunday, and declined to comment on the status of its review of Bush's position.


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