Monday 24 April 2017

Trump alleged to use 'N word' in unaired footage from 'Apprentice'

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves a "Terrible Towel" as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Ambridge, Pa. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Harriet Alexander

Hillary Clinton's supporters are calling on her wealthy donors to pay the legal fees of anyone who leaks unaired footage from 'The Apprentice'.

The British producer of the show reportedly threatened staff with a $5m lawsuit if they published material damaging to Donald Trump.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shake hands at the end of their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shake hands at the end of their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Chris Nee, an award-winning Irish-American producer, said she had heard rumours that Mr Trump was recorded using the 'N-word'.

"As a producer on seasons one and two of 'The Apprentice' I assure you: when it comes to the Trump tapes, there are far worse," said Bill Pruitt, an Emmy Award-winning producer, on Twitter.

Mr Trump starred in 'The Apprentice' from its inception in 2004, and for months former contestants have been queuing up to speak out about his off-camera behaviour. After the disclosure last week of 2005 footage in which Mr Trump bragged about sexual assault, the clamour to hear the unpublished tapes of 'The Apprentice' has grown.

London-born Mark Burnett, a former paratrooper who served in the Falklands and is president of MGM Television, has resisted calls to release the archive. He has allegedly made former employees sign a $5m (€4.5m) bond not to leak the footage.

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He is described as a reality television titan, having created 'Survivor', 'The Voice' and 'Shark Tank' - the US version of 'Dragon's Den'.

He is married to Irish actress and producer Roma Downey. The Derry woman is best known for starring in the TV series 'Touched by an Angel'. She and Burnett recently produced the big-budget remake of epic 'Ben Hur', starring Morgan Freeman.

Yet on Twitter people were calling on Clinton backers, including Warren Buffett and businessman Mark Cuban - Mr Trump's nemesis - to offer to pay the legal fees.

British producer Mark Burnett is married to Irish actress Roma Downey. Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage
British producer Mark Burnett is married to Irish actress Roma Downey. Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage

David Brock, who runs a media group that backs Mrs Clinton, said he would be willing to pay their fees.

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More than 20 former contestants, crew members, and editors have spoken out to claim Mr Trump treated women on the show inappropriately, including talking about which contestants he would like to have sex with and rating them by breast size.

"If there was a break in the conversation, he would then look at one of the female cast members, saying 'you're looking kind of hot today, I love that dress on you', then he would turn to one of the male cast members and say 'wouldn't you sleep with her?' and then everyone would laugh," said a former crew member, who spoke anonymously.

"There would be about 10 or 12 cameras rolling and getting that footage, which is why everybody was like, this guy just doesn't care."

The crew member added: "'The Apprentice' footage was super vaulted stuff, to keep it from getting into anyone's hands. The game-show aspect meant that the footage was locked down super-securely."

A source told Buzzfeed that Mr Burnett, an evangelical Christian, "is pro-Trump and has made clear to his teams that he will sue anyone who leaks".

Mr Burnett has previously described Mr Trump as "not the kind of enemy you'd want".

In a BBC documentary in 2010, Mr Burnett said: "If someone metaphorically pushed him, he'd push back five times as hard. Not twice as hard, but five, 10 times as hard."

Rebecca Marks, an NBC spokesman, said she did not know whether the network had footage, and if it did, it would not be allowed to release it.

Yesterday, a video interview unearthed in New Zealand showed Mr Trump talking in 2005 about his womanising image and saying it was fortunate he did not have to run for political office. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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