Melania Trump defended Donald Trump against allegations that he sexually assaulted women, saying in a rare interview Monday night that her husband was "egged on" to make lewd comments about women that were caught on tape in 2005.

"I believe my husband," she said of his insistence that the women who have accused him of sexual assault or misconduct are lying.

In a CNN interview, Trump echoed her husband's charges that the release of the 2005 comments and the women's accusations are all part of a media conspiracy involving the Democrats to hurt the Trump presidential campaign.

"This was all organized from the opposition. And with the details — did they ever check the background of these women? They don't have any facts," she said.

It was a rare public appearance for the nominee's spouse, her first since the leak of the 2005 tape, in which Donald Trump was recorded bragging to then-"Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush about groping women in lewd terms.

Trump dismissed their conversation as "boy talk" and speculated that her husband "was led on — like, egged on — from the host to say dirty and bad stuff."

She also said she told her husband that his comments were "inappropriate … not acceptable."

"And I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know," she said, adding that she accepted his apology.

Image: Melania Trump on CNN

Melania Trump during an interview Monday with CNN host Anderson Cooper.