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Tom Arnold, Mark Burnett Fights At Pre-Emmys Party.

Actor Tom Arnold, whose new show "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes" airs Tuesday, reportedly got into a scuffle with Mark Burnett, the producer of "The Apprentice," and his wife, Rome Downey, at a pre-Emmys party Sunday night.

The scuffle came to light when Arnold tweeted out the incident at 9.24 p.m. PDT Sunday (12.24 a.m. EDT Monday). "Mark Burnett just went apes--- & choked me at this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain. I'm waiting for LAPD," Arnold wrote in the ( tweet.

This was followed by a tweet from Downey at 10.40 p.m. PDT Sunday (1.40 a.m. EDT Monday). "Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event," she said in the tweet, which carried a photo of the bruise as well.

Arnold replied to the tweet and said Downey was lying, while adding he was going to sue her for defamation.

As of now, the exact event where the scuffle unfolded remains unclear. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the event could be the annual "Evening Before" fundraiser benefiting the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which Burnett has attended in the past years.

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt also tweeted about the incident, and declared Arnold was "okay." 

The incident was confirmed by Arnold's lawyer, Marty Singer, to the Hollywood Reporter. He said Arnold was "attacked" by Burnett.

The scuffle comes ahead of Arnold's show on Viceland TV, "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes." The show will showcase his attempts at finding the alleged "Trump Tapes" which reveal the president expressing bigoted views while filming "The Apprentice," which aired on NBC.

It's not the first time Arnold has spoken against Burnett, the producer of the NBC show, and also the chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group. Arnold accused Burnett of burying the "Trump tapes." Burnett also produced the show "The Celebrity Apprentice" on which Arnold was a contestant.

The new Viceland show gained more attention after Omarosa Manigault Newman's book. The former White House staff and Apprentice contestant said in her book "Unhinged" that Trump used the N-word multiple times on the sets of the NBC show.

"He says the N-word, he calls Eric [Trump] the r-word," Arnold said when he appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" 

"There's two people who have never called me a liar about the N-word tape: Donald Trump and Mark Burnett because they know it's true," Arnold said in the show.

"I'm going to do this until he resigns," ( Arnold said of his hunt for the tapes. "He is a crazy person. He is putting this country on the precipice of war right now. For some reason, I am in a position to do something, and it is working. And I am going to do this until that guy resigns and the world will be safer. It's going to happen."

"I'm going to keep hammering Mark Burnett on that," ( Arnold said at a promotional appearance for his show in July. "He sits next to Donald Trump and gives him cover. He never says one word. People at the border, are getting their kids snatched. Mark Burnett says he's a Christian and he lets Donald Trump [do this]."
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Publication:International Business Times - US ed.
Date:Sep 17, 2018
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