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Mark Burnett not releasing Apprentice footage on Trump

Producer Mark Burnett will not be releasing any footage from The Apprentice, following suggestions that footage contains damaging material to Donald Trump.

Reports suggest Trump used the ‘N-word’ during production on the series.

“MGM owns Mark Burnett’s production company and The Apprentice is one of its properties,” Burnett and MGM said in a statement.

“Despite reports to the contrary, Mark Burnett does not have the ability nor the right to release footage or other material from The Apprentice. Various contractual and legal requirements also restrict MGM’s ability to release such material. The recent claims that Mark Burnett has threatened anyone with litigation if they were to leak such material are completely and unequivocally false.

“To be clear, as previously reported in the press, which Mark Burnett has confirmed, he has consistently supported Democratic campaigns.”

Burnett has previously been a prominent donor to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee.

More than 20 former contestants, crew members, and editors told the Associated Press that 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,” a former crew member, who spoke anonymously due to a non-disclosure agreement, told AP.

“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.”
Source: Variety Fairfax

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