Retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr has leapt to the defence of President Donald Trump, suggesting a secret tape in which he said he'd grab women's genitalia was how "real men speak".
During the election campaign, an Access Hollywood tape leaked of Mr Trump and host Billy Bush speaking about how he capitalised on his fame by launching into unsolicited sexual contact with women.
"I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything ... grab them by the p***y," he said in the 2005 recording.
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Mayweather, an unbeaten featherweight boxer who beat UFC star Conor McGregor in a bout two weeks ago, covered a number of topics in a wide-ranging interview with Hollywood Unlocked earlier this week.
But it was his comments on Mr Trump, a friend of his, which has received the most publicity, after Mayweather echoed First Lady Melania Trump's defence that it was just "locker room talk".
"People don't like the truth. He speaks like a real man spoke," Mayweather began.
"Real men speak like, 'Man, she had a fat ass. You see her ass? I had to squeeze her ass. I had to grab that fat ass.' Right?"
He then went on to claim that the President was simply being "real", and hadn't done anything wrong.
"He talking locker room talk. Locker room talk, you know what I'm saying?
"'I'm the man,' you know what I'm saying? 'You know who I am. Yeah, I grabbed her by the p***y. And?'"
"I feel that people shy away from realness. This man didn't do nothin'."
Mayweather's comments are the latest in a long string of controversies from the boxer, who has been convicted of domestic violence and misdemeanour battery - with multiple charges coming as a result of his physical attacks on women.
He has also been found guilty of defamation, after he claimed one of the women he attacked was on drugs during a domestic violence incident.