My Apprentice is blackmailing me, Alan Sugar tells court
The former 'Apprentice' winner suing Alan Sugar for constructive dismissal is using the media as a weapon to try to damage his reputation, an employment tribunal heard yesterday.
Stella English (34), from Whitstable, Kent, claims she was treated as an "overpaid lackey" after being handed a £100,000 (€114,000) contract for winning series six of the BBC1 show in 2010.
Mr Sugar, however, told the East London Tribunal Centre that he had no case to answer and that Ms English was in effect blackmailing him.
Giving legal submissions yesterday, Mr Sugar's representative, Seamus Sweeney, said: "The claimant has, in the eyes of Lord Sugar, deliberately courted the media with a view of damaging his reputation."
He told how Ms English had "sold her story" to the press several times and accused her of being a "headline-grabber" and sensationalising aspects of her evidence.
"Using the media in this case was a weapon of choice. It was a first weapon of choice," he said.
The hearing concluded yesterday and the tribunal will make its decision within a month.