- A judge allowed lawyers for investors who sued Trump to watch the unseen footage, The Daily Beast reported.
- Investors accused Trump and his children of promoting a multi-level marketing company.
- They say they invested in the business on their advice and lost thousands of dollars.
A group of lawyers representing investors suing Donald Trump and his children are allowed to watch unprecedented footage from the “Celebrity Apprentice,” a federal judge in New York ruled this week.
In a ruling Tuesday, obtained by The Daily Beast, U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield ordered that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the studio that owns the footage, make the tapes available so lawyers can see them safely. place. MGM had opposed releasing the footage to be seen by the lawyers.
The notice concerned a lawsuit filed in 2018 by four plaintiffs who claimed that Donald Trump and his children Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump used their celebrity status to promote the American Communications Network (ACN), a company accused of to engage in multi-level marketing scams.
The plaintiffs said the investment cost them thousands of dollars, one of which said she invested $ 4,600 in the business but earned only $ 38, as Insiders Yelena Dzhanova reported last year.
They claimed that promoting the company by members of the Trump family on “Celebrity Apprentice” and in other statements led them to falsely believe that the company was credible, and to invest money in it.
Donald Trump hosted the popular reality show “The Apprentice” and its celebrity spin-off, “Celebrity Apprentice”, before launching his political career, and his children Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump often appeared as guests and judges.
According to the plaintiffs, the Trump family was paid millions by the ANC to promote the company and failed to perform due diligence checks on how it worked.
The company charged people $ 499 to sell cell phones and other products that the plaintiffs said ensured only a minimal income. The company has denied allegations that it is a pyramid scheme.
The case has been bound by delays, and in June the Trump family tried unsuccessfully to move the case from a class action lawsuit to arbitration, a legal maneuver that would have meant evidence was shielded from the public, Reuters reported.
In an analysis of Trump’s tax returns published last year, The New York Times found that he had been paid $ 8.8 million by ACN between 2005 and 2015.
Last year, the Trump organization Insider told that the trial was a politically motivated attack on Trump, who served a term as president after the 2016 election.
ACN co-founder Robert Stevanovski told Insider last year that the company had told investors that Trump had been paid to promote ACN.
Legal representatives of the Trump family, ACN, and the plaintiffs did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.