Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice succeeded The Apprentice over 10 years ago. The show featured celebrities competing against each other to win money to donate to charitable organizations of their choosing. The show went off-air shortly after “President Trump” left in 2015. However, over 3 years after its series finale, MGM (the production company that took reigns of the show during the final season) is being asked to relinquish the tapes!
U.S. District Intervenes!
As with any other show, hundreds and thousands of hours of unaired footage of The Celebrity Apprentice also exists out there. MGM owns the footage in question. Now, numerous entrepreneurs are asking for those never-seen-before clips to be made public. According to a judge, these entrepreneurs think that Donald Trump and his children conned them by endorsing a problematic marketing company on the show in question.
Lorna Schofield, a U.S. District Judge, advised MGM on Thursday to come up with a way that would allow the plaintiffs to access the recordings that didn’t make it to the show. The footage in question reportedly spans over hundreds of hours from two episodes. In those episodes, ACN Opportunity LLC’s key personnel were the guests.
Why are the Plaintiffs Accusing President Trump?
Back in 2018, Donald Trump, along with his three oldest children, found himself in a lawsuit. According to the accusing party, the Trumps constantly promoted ACN on their show between 2005 and 2015. However, ACN’s “hot-shot” service crashed as soon as the smartphones came into prominence.
Thus, the plaintiffs ended up losing hundreds of thousands of dollars by following the Trumps’ recommendations. Moreover, the Trumps pursued arbitration after using the court system to their advantage for months to get their hands on the documents in possession of the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Roberta Kaplan said:
We look forward to continuing to gather the evidence to deliver justice for our brave clients, and thousands of others like them who were defrauded by the Trumps.
As per MGM, agreeing with the plaintiffs’ demands would be a tiring process due to the dated tech and filing systems employed for the demanded episodes. Currently, MGM remains uninvolved with the lawsuit.
According to Donald Trump, his endorsements of ACN were “puffery”. He also said that no credible investors would have put their resources in the service in question.
The Trumps’ lawyer, Joanna Hendon hasn’t issued any comment on this fiasco. However, she plans to appeal the ruling that doesn’t allow the Trumps to force the dispute into arbitration.