MGM ordered to turn over unaired Celebrity Apprentice footage in suit against Trump and family
MGM has been ordered to turn over unaired Celebrity Apprentice footage in a lawsuit against Donald Trump and multiple members of his family over an alleged marketing scam.
A judge ruled that the never-before-seen footage be handed over to four unnamed people who claim they were ripped off in a scam that Trump and his children endorsed on the reality TV show.
US District Judge Lorna Schofield in Manhattan, New York, on Thursday told MGM that hundreds of hours of recordings from two episodes of the show which featured as guests marketing company ACN Opportunity must be disclosed.
'It seems appropriate the tapes be made available,' Schofield said during the hearing held over the phone due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In October 2018, the four plaintiffs filed a suit against President Trump, The Trump Corporation, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump for their part in promoting ACN from 2005 to 2015 - an investment that turned out to be a multilevel marketing company.
They claim the Trumps convinced them that investing in the firm held little or no risk.
The president and his three children also failed to disclose that they were getting paid to endorse the firm.
The venture produced a desktop video phone and quickly failed when smartphones with video calling became widely adopted.
The unknown claimants say they lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the scam.
Trump and his children have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, with the president even dismissing his promotion of the company as 'puffery' that investors should ...
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