Mark Burnett Won’t Face Criminal Charges From Tom Arnold Scuffle

City attorney declines to pursue charges due to insufficient evidence

Mark Burnett

Television producer Mark Burnett won’t face criminal charges stemming from a reported scuffle with Tom Arnold in September, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office said.

The city attorney declined to file charges in the matter on Wednesday due to insufficient evidence, the spokesman said.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap in September that Arnold had filed battery charges against Burnett a day after he accused the “Apprentice” creator of “choking” him at an Emmys party.

Arnold said that he would file a police report after he said Burnett had attacked him after going “apesh–.”

“Mark Burnett just went apesh– & choked me at this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain. I’m waiting for LAPD,” Arnold wrote in a tweet.

Burnett’s wife Roma Downey said that Arnold had ambushed her husband and her, leaving her with a bruise on her hand.

Downey suggested the altercation was related to Arnold’s Viceland TV show “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes With Tom Arnold,” which followed the actor’s search for incriminating footage of Trump during his days as a reality TV star.

“Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event. Is your TV show worth it Tom?” she said. “Please stop.”

Arnold subsequently called Downey a liar.

Arnold spent the run-up to his politically themed Viceland show engaging in public stunts with people close to the president.

Past targets have included former Trump fixer Michael Cohen. Burnett is one of Trump’s closest confidants from his time as a reality television star and is widely credited with creating the NBC program which first launched the billionaire to nationwide fame.