Producer: I Can't Release Trump's Apprentice Tapes

Clinton ally offers to pay legal fees
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2016 4:46 AM CDT
Updated Oct 11, 2016 6:24 AM CDT
Producer: I Can't Release Trump Apprentice Tapes
In this July 9, 2004, file photo, Donald Trump, seeking contestants for "The Apprentice," is interviewed at Universal Studios Hollywood.   (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)

Insiders say there are recordings of Donald Trump from his days on The Apprentice that make the highly damaging 2005 tape seem mild—but they may not see the light of day before the election, if ever. Executive producer Mark Burnett says he is legally unable to release the tapes, and production company owner MGM says it's also legally restricted from releasing the material, though neither party responded to questions from the AP about the specific requirements blocking the release of footage. A roundup of developments:

  • In a statement to CNN's Brian Stelter, Burnett denies media reports that he is a Trump supporter, saying he has "consistently supported Democratic campaigns." He also denies threatening to sue anybody who leaks tapes from The Apprentice.

  • Mashable reports that a group calling itself the "Trump Sunlight Campaign" has started a GoFundMe page to raise $5.1 million to cover legal fees for anybody leaking Trump material. TV producer Chris Nee, who says the unreleased material includes Trump saying the n-word, has claimed $5 million is the penalty for employees who leak material from The Apprentice.
  • The Huffington Post says it has obtained the transcript for some unaired moments in The Apprentice's ninth season, in which Trump criticizes the skin of musician Emily West. "I assume you're gonna leave this off, don't put this shit on the show, you know," he says. "But her skin, her skin sucks, OK? I mean her skin, she needs some serious f---in' dermatology."
  • Politico reports that Clinton ally David Brock says he'll pay the legal fees of anybody involved with The Apprentice who leaks Trump tapes in their possession.
  • The Daily Show has tweeted a video clip from 2010 of Trump firing contestant Maria Kanellis for using what he calls "locker room" talk. "This is my boardroom. It's not a locker room," he says. "Maria, you're fired."
(More Donald Trump stories.)

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