An American actor claims he has seen footage of President-elect Donald Trump “saying every dirty, every offensive, racist thing ever,” and that a celebrity agent, while “sitting next to Hillary Clinton”, wanted him to release the video before the election.
Tom Arnold, who starred in the movie True Lies, told Seattle radio program “The Dori Monson Show” he had seen the footage when it was sent to him “years ago” as a Christmas video.
“I have [seen] the outtakes to The Apprentice where he says every bad thing ever. Every offensive, racist thing ever. It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children,” said Arnold, who was once famously married to comedian Roseanne Barr.
The claims have re-ignited the debate about Mr Trump’s fitness to be president and the pledges he has made to bring Americans together following his divisive campaign.
During the campaign, Mr Trump made numerous comments that offended women, immigrants (particularly Mexicans and Muslims), African Americans and people living with disabilities.
Arnold said he was contacted the Sunday before the November election tghat Mr Trump won, allegedly by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s agent who was “sitting next to Hillary Clinton”, asking for the tapes.
But he said those responsible for leaking the tapes were “scared to death” of releasing them again.
“They were scared of his people. They’re scared they’ll never work again,” Arnold said. “There’s a $5-million confidentiality agreement.”
Mr Trump appeared on The Apprentice from 2004 to 2015.
The claims have not yet been verified by those Arnold alleged were involved in trying to leak the tapes again, or anyone else close to the situation.
Arnold’s tape claim echoes one of the campaign’s biggest controversies.
Just weeks from election day in October, a leaked Access Hollywood tape threatened to derail Mr Trump’s campaign.
The tape revealed Mr Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, saying he could “grab ‘em by the pussy”.
Many judged the Access Hollywood controversy to be the death knell of Mr Trump’s campaign, however he recovered and beat Democratic Party opponent Hillary Clinton just weeks later.
A tweet by a former producer on The Apprentice at the time hinted “there are far worse” tapes than the Access Hollywood tape.
— Bill Pruitt (@billpruitt) October 8, 2016
Since Arnold’s comments he has tweeted again.
— Bill Pruitt (@billpruitt) November 16, 2016
Mr Trump sparked numerous controversies during his long campaign. In June 2015, he labelled Mexicans “rapists” and “criminals”.
In August 2015, Mr Trump claimed reporter Megyn Kelly was tough on him during a debate because she was menstruating with “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”.
Mr Trump mocked and mimicked disabled reporter Serge F Kovaleski, who lives with arthrogryposis at a rally in November 2015.
The soon-to-be-president has also pledged to build a wall to stop Mexican immigrants from coming to the United States, and to temporarily ban Muslim migration to the country.
Despite all these inflammatory remarks Mr Trump won the presidency from Hillary Clinton, who made a point of presenting herself as someone who worked for unity.
Mrs Clinton’s campaign slogan was “Stronger Together”. She also wrote a book titled with the same slogan, co-authored by her running mate Tim Kaine.