Tom Arnold Files Battery Police Report Against Mark Burnett After Fight At Pre-Emmy Party
The Apprentice executive producer and comedian were at a charity event on Sunday evening when Arnold confronted Burnett about recordings from The Apprentice that include racist language from the then host, President Trump.
Arnold went to the Los Angeles Police Department to file a battery report against Burnett the next day. As the report was being completed, reporters waited outside the station for Arnold to speak about the incident.
“Mark Burnett attacked me like a psycho, no provocation at all,” Arnold told the reporters. He explained that he was walking up a steep set of stairs into the event when Burnett approached him. “Before I got to the top of the stairs he lunges out at me. He does a choke,” Arnold continued while motioning to his throat. “I then defended myself and ripped off his fake cross… He could have killed me,” he said.
After the incident at the party, Arnold went to Twitter to explain what happened.
“Mark Burnett just went … & 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 tweeted, then later deleted along with other tweets about the incident.
Burnett hasn’t made any comments on the incident, but his wife, Roma Downey has accused Arnold of trying to ambush her and Burnett. At 1:40 a.m. on Monday, Downey posted a photo of her bruised hand.
Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event. Is your TV show worth it Tom?Please stop pic.twitter.com/lXvuKjIMI2
— Roma Downey (@RealRomaDowney) September 17, 2018
Arnold wrote back to her on Twitter saying, “you lie your crazy husband attacked me…. I’m filing police report & suing you for defamation.”
About an hour and a half later, actress Alyson Hannigan tweeted that she didn’t believe it was a serious fight until security jumped in.
Walked n2 party behind Tom Arnold and saw him & Mark Burnett get into a fight!Thought it was a joke until security jumped in! #WhyIstayhome
— alyson hannigan (@alydenisof) September 17, 2018
Arnold has been seeking recordings that support the claim that Trump made inappropriate racial remarks during the production of The Apprentice.
President Trump has denied the allegation, but addressed it directly after former Apprentice contestant and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman said Trump had used the N-word.
.@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up. Look at her MANY recent quotes saying….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
Burnett has maintained that such recordings don’t exist and has denied having access to any of the recordings of the show.