Gloria Allred Will Knock On MGM's Door Asking For Release Of Trump 'Apprentice' Tapes
If you have one rat or cockroach in your home, the rule is there are more nearby that you can't see. The same rule can be attached to Donald Trump—if there is one tape of him saying awful, sexist things about sexually assaulting women, then there are more that you can't see.
Following the leak of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape—which caught Trump on a hot mic telling Billy Bush, "When you're a star...you can do anything... Grab 'em by the pussy"—there's a call for the release of more tapes. A former producer on The Apprentice claimed there is footage from the show's filming that shows even worse behavior from the presidential candidate.
A GoFundMe was launched to help pay the legal fees that would add up if these tapes were released, and now Gloria Allred will be knocking on Mark Burnett and MGM's doors today in Los Angeles, along with groups like the National Organization for Women. According to Deadline, they plan to "hand-deliver an open letter to studio brass at MGM HQ today urging them to release footage from The Apprentice. They believe the release of tapes from the reality show once fronted by Donald Trump is a civic duty."
Yesterday Burnett and the studio released a joint statement, claiming, "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.”
Gloria Allred in New York City in June 2016 (Getty Images)
Allred will hold a press conference following the delivery of the petition, which will take place at 2 p.m. today at the Beverly Hills studios.
The civil rights lawyer has taken on other high-profile targets, like Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski and, yes, Trump. On Monday she confirmed with us that she has been "contacted by women who allege inappropriate contact by Mr. Trump." She added that what he described doing in the Access Hollywood tape "could constitute a sexual assault or a sexual battery. I am disgusted by what Donald Trump said and admitted that he had done on that video. An apology is not enough."