There's A GoFundMe To Pay Legal Fees For Potential Leaked Trump 'Apprentice' Tapes [Updated]
As you unfortunately already know, we have a comic book supervillain running for president of the United States of America who was caught on tape saying some beyond deplorable things about women and his personal propensity for sexual assault. Now, a former producer on The Apprentice has claimed there are even worse tapes out there from Donald Trump's days on the reality show, but it seems the specter of a $5 million lawsuit is keeping them from being (maybe) leaked. Well, we have good news, America! Some brave soul has started a GoFundMe account to raise funds to pay potential legal fees on leaked Trump footage.
"Someone out there is likely in possession of a piece of evidence that could be used to substantiate what many folks have always believed; that the current nominee for President of the United States is not a moral leader for us all to look to over the next four years," American crusader Aaron Holman of Somerville, Massachusetts writes in the description of the GoFundMe page he created. The page is named the "Trump Sunlight Campaign, "because "Sunlight afterall, is said to be the best disinfectant."
Bill Pruitt, a producer on the first two seasons of The Apprentice, tweeted Saturday that the egregious leaked Access Hollywood tape was just the beginning, and that far worse footage of Trump existed. Chris Nee, an Emmy award-winning producer (who, for the record, has not worked on The Apprentice) responded to Pruitt the next day on Twitter, alleging that she had heard rumors that tapes of Trump saying the n-word existed. Nee publicly called on Shark Tank producer Mark Cuban to cover the potential $5 million in legal fees. To clarify, there is allegedly a $5 million non-disclosure penalty in place from the show for anyone who leaks anything. And über-producer/American traitor/Trump supporter Mark Burnett "has made clear to his teams that he will sue anyone who leaks," according to BuzzFeed News.
We reached out to Burnett's agent to ask a) if Burnett really plans to sue anyone who leaks the footage, and b) why Burnett makes such good TV but sucks so much as a person. "I'm pretty new to my desk, can I transfer you to someone who can better handle your question?" the woman who answered his agent's phone asked us, before transferring us to a line that rang for a really, really long time before ultimately going to voicemail. We obviously left a message, and will update this post if/when we hear back.
[h/t: The Hollywood Reporter]
[Update 3:46 p.m.]
Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” (which “examines the media world” and “how news and pop culture get made,” per the show’s website), has Tweeted in defense of Burnett. Stelter said that the situation is largely out of Burnett’s hands, and that the TV producer had never threatened legal action:
It should be noted that Stelter, who’d formerly written for the New York Times, had penned a Times profile of Burnett and “Survivor” in the past.