Although the Apprentice was Donald Trump’s baby, his three eldest children were all involved as business judges, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. They promoted ACN, a high-tech “video chatting phone” called Iris 5000.
The phone was a dud, no surprise there, and the company was floundering. But Trump and family suckered four of those entrepreneurs from his show into ACN’s multi-level marketing scheme. They filed a lawsuit against the Trumps in 2018.
A federal judge ordered Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) to make outtakes related to the lawsuit available for viewing in a “secure location,” according to The Daily Beast:
‘The Trump kids are at the center of a scam lawsuit, and a federal judge has ordered that behind-the-scenes tapes of “Celebrity Apprentice” will be reviewed by plaintiffs in an MGM safe room.’
It is a puzzle why MGM worked so hard to keep the unaired footage a mysterious and dark secret. Even in court, the producer just described the tapes, and the tapes remain sealed. Makes a person curious about them:
‘[The attorneys wanted] anything that shows Donald Trump and his kids knew that they were duping would-be investors by leading them to ACN, a multi-level marketing company based in North Carolina.’
Then, there was Mary Pat Flynn who said that “MGM $400M loan via jpmorgan secured with APPRENTICEs/Trademark Licenses,” and perhaps there was a Russia connection. Take a look at her evidence:
‘@MarkBurnett TV MGM $400M loan via @jpmorgan secured with APPRENTICEs/Licenses, including in RUSSIA, SAME MONTH @DonaldJTrumpJr @jaredkushner @PaulManafort met with RUSSIANS While @Trump Org employed Paralegal @SergeyLysenko10 who went to Saratov State Law School in RUSSIA’
An investigator for The Daily Beast, Jose Pagliery tweeted about “never-before-seen tapes:”
‘It’s been more than a year since a judge told MGM to hand over never-before-seen tapes of The Apprentice. In the next few weeks, a team of attorneys will finally fly to LA to watch them.’
The lawsuit states “Trump repeatedly misrepresented ACN’s risk profile:”
‘Trump repeatedly misrepresented ACN’s risk profile to consumers, falsely claiming that investing in ACN was a low-risk entrepreneurial venture. Trump repeatedly told his audiences that he endorsed ACN because he believed it offered a reasonable probability of commercial success. He touted ACN’s commercial prospects and his regard for its founders. And he failed to disclose that he was, in fact, being paid millions of dollars for his ACN endorsement.’
Trump’s tax returns showed that the multi-level marketing company paid him “$8.8 million over 10 years” to promote their video phone as a good investment.
A group who is “targeting political hypocrisy, media distortion & institutionalized ignorance,” ¡SATIRISTAS! leaped upon the lawsuit involving outtake footage “that’s still draped in secrecy:”
‘”[A] federal judge in NYC ordered that the movie studio MGM make the footage available at a secure location, potentially ending a long-running battle that’s still draped in secrecy.” Angry Entrepreneurs Will Finally See Trump’s Apprentice Outtakes’
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