Tuesday 20 August 2019

Actor says he was sent tape of Trump using N-word as gift

United States President-elect Donald Trump (AP)
United States President-elect Donald Trump (AP)

Nick Allen

A high-profile actor and comedian has claimed to be in possession of a video tape showing Donald Trump using offensive and racist language including the N-word.

Tom Arnold (57) star of Hollywood movies including 'True Lies', claimed the footage consisted of out-takes from 'The Apprentice', the reality television show Mr Trump hosted for a decade.

The existence of such a tape was rumoured during the presidential campaign.

In a radio interview Mr Arnold claimed he had been sent it as a "Christmas video" by producers working on the show long before Mr Trump was considered a potential winner of the election. He told KIRO radio in Seattle: "When the people sent it to me it was funny.

"He wasn't going to be president of the US. He says every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever. It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word."

The actor claimed that, just before the election, he was telephoned by Arnold Schwarzenegger's Hollywood agent. He co-starred with Schwarzenegger in 'True Lies'. Mr Arnold claimed the agent was with Hillary Clinton.

"The Sunday before the election I get a call from the agent, sitting next to Hillary Clinton. They said 'I need you to release him (Mr Trump) saying the N-word'," he said.

Mr Arnold said he could not do so because the producers who made the tape had signed a confidentiality agreement and were "scared they'll never work again".

The actor claims Mr Trump is now threatening to sue him for defamation.

Irish Independent

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