- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 27, 2016

Brande Roderick, a 2001 Playboy Playmate of the Year and former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant, denies an Oct. 26 report by the Daily Beast that Donald Trump repeatedly hit on her during production of the 2013 season of the program.

“[Trump] kept proposing to her and telling her how beautiful she was. I think he was trying to be charming,” the Daily Beast quoted an anonymous “Apprentice” staffer as saying. “When he invited her back for another season [of The Apprentice], he kept asking repeatedly again, saying he wanted her as his wife. It was typical Donald… [and] creepy.”

“The story is a complete lie. While on the celebrity apprentice Mr. Trump never approached me or asked me out, was never inappropriate in any way let alone ask me to marry him,” Ms. Roderick wrote in an Oct. 27 Instagram post. “This whole story is laughable… My experience on The Apprentice was that of professionalism and respect. With that said, I completely rebuke this story.”

“Amazing how the press can just keep lying and have no ramifications,” the 42-year-old California native wrote in a separate Instagram posting Thursday.

In August 2015, a clip from “Celebrity Apprentice” in which Mr. Trump quipped that it would be a “pretty picture” to see the former centerfold “dropping to [her] knees” was referenced in a Republican primary debate by moderator Megyn Kelly as an example of comments that Mr. Trump had made that called into question his treatment of women.

The ensuring exchange in the Fox News-hosted debate touched off a weeks-long feud between Ms. Kelly and Mr. Trump.

Then, as now, Ms. Roderick defended the Republican candidate.

“I kind of let it go in one ear and out the other because I’ve never had a negative experience with Donald,” she told “Inside Edition.”

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