Tom Arnold denies his fight with Mark Burnett before the Emmys was a publicity stunt, saying, “It was not a publicity stunt — by me.”
Arnold filed battery charges against Burnett last month after accusing the “Apprentice” executive producer of choking him at an Emmys party.
Burnett’s wife, Roma Downey, said that it was actually Arnold who ambushed her husband at the event. She tweeted an image of her hand, which she said was bruised.
“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 wrote. “Please stop.”
In his interview with “Shoot This Now,” Arnold called the photo a “bulls— picture of a fake bruise.”
Arnold has pursued Burnett for months, accusing him of concealing damaging tapes of Trump from his years hosting “The Apprentice.” Arnold said he has friends who worked on the NBC reality show for all 15 seasons of its run — and that they recorded now-missing footage of Trump sexually harassing employees and using the N-word.
Trump has denied an N-word tape exists. Burnett declined to comment, but MGM previously released the following statement:
Mark Burnett does not own The Apprentice or its footage. MGM Studios owns The Apprentice and all its materials, including all footage. Mr. Burnett is an employee of MGM and does not personally have the right to release unused footage from The Apprentice. While MGM owns all footage, various contractual and legal requirements also restrict MGM’s ability to release such material.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Despite the level of detail Arnold describes, he said he cannot reveal the names of the sources who told him about the contents of the tapes.
Arnold is also searching for other damaging tapes that he believes exist, including one of Donald and Melania Trump in an elevator in Trump Tower. We talked about it at length for the podcast, though he was cagey about what he professes to know about a Trump elevator tape.
For some, Arnold’s failure to produce any Trump tapes relegates his show to the category of entertainment. But he says at the conclusion of our interview: “This isn’t a bulls— reality show no matter what these a–holes think.”