Following his suspension from “Today” after the release of a 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording in which he gleefully yuks it up while Donald Trump brags about being able to freely molest women because of his celebrity, Billy Bush is lawyering up in preparation of taking NBC to court if he winds up losing his new $3-mil-per year gig on the network’s flagship morning show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bush has hired Marshall Grossman, described by THR as “one of LA’s fiercest and well-respected attorneys… suggesting the anchor is ready to litigate against NBC if the network can’t reach a deal with its former rising star.”
Grossman is indeed a Hollywood hotshot, representing Erin Andrews in her peephole case and counting such stars as Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood among his clients.
As Grossman tells THR, Bush was an employee of NBC Universal when he interviewed Trump for “Access Hollywood”, and in that capacity was in no position to challenge the creepy comments of the bombastic billionaire.
“If Billy had been passive or responded ‘Shut the f*** up’ to Trump, Billy would have been out of a job the next day,” Grossman declares.
“NBC News did exactly what you would expect from a great news organization,” an NBC spokesperson said in a statement following the tape’s release. “As soon as we saw the tape and made the assessment it was undoubtedly newsworthy, we moved quickly and deliberately to get it published and to do so in the most responsible way.”
However, Bush contends that he had informed NBC colleagues about his conversation with Trump conversation as far back as August, when he was covering the Rio Olympics, but sources at NBC News insist that senior management didn’t learn about the tape until early last week.