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When the infamous (and very real) Access Hollywood tape Donald Trump gloating about grabbing women by the pussy leaked, it was obvious that his comments were standard Trump Talk. He would later describe them as “locker room” banter. The Daily Beast provided yet another instance of Trump’s habitual misogyny on Wednesday—in the form of an on-the-record comment he made gloating about “first-rate pussy.”

A journalist for the now-defunct Maximum Golf magazine, Michael Corcoran, was writing a story about Trump in 2000 which involved flying on his private jet with Jeffrey Epstein, a notorious billionaire pedophile. Corcoran joined Trump and Epstein for dinner at Mar-a-Lago that weekend, during which Trump unabashedly remarked “there is nothing in the world like first-rate pussy” while observing a “young socialite.”

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Corcoran included the quote in his story, but the magazine’s top editors polished Trump’s comments to seem slightly more innocuous—despite Corcoran’s protestations:

Corcoran used the quote as the kicker in his piece, but says it was changed by the editor-in-chief, who replaced the obscenity with the word “talent.”

Joe Bargmann, Corcoran’s editor at Maximum Golf, confirmed Corcoran’s account.

“I was asked to change the last word of the story from ‘pussy.’ When I refused, my top editor changed the quote,” Bargmann told The Daily Beast.

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The story ran in August, 2000, and featured a sultry spread of Melania, who was still Trump’s girlfriend at the time, naked in a bathtub filled with golf balls.

Given what we know about Trump’s long history of sexual abuse and harassment, his remarks aren’t entirely shocking. Gross and vulgar, but not shocking. But his previously unreported comments in Maximum Golf come as nearly every facet of American culture reels from a sexual harassment reckoning—and at a time when Trump criticizes his rivals for their sexual misconduct, while maintaining his innocence.

Privately, too, Trump has claimed that the Access Hollywood tape wasn’t real. According to The New York Times, Trump told a Senator that the voice on the tape wasn’t his despite previously admitting it was.