Lil Jon responds to allegations Trump called him 'Uncle Tom'

On Friday, it was Lil Jon's turn to weigh in on Donald Trump's campaign.

Politicos turned to the rapper for answers about Trump late Friday night, after The Daily Beast published a report alleging that the GOP presidential candidate had repeatedly used the racial slur "Uncle Tom" on The Apprentice set.

"Uncle Tom" is a slur used to denote a black person who is regarded as being subservient or deferential to white people.

During Season 13 of NBC reality show The Apprentice, three show staffers told The Daily Beast that Trump refused to stop using the offensive term even after producers urged him to stop.

The incident occurred during an episode in which Lil Jon bought and donned an Uncle Sam costume to help with a challenge advertising hair products, according to The Daily Beast's account. "During the day’s shoot, Trump himself caught wind of this gimmick and began referring to Lil Jon around Apprentice staff as 'Uncle Tom' instead of Uncle Sam," the publication wrote.

The report claims an executive producer got involved, but Trump "just couldn’t grasp that it was offensive."

In a tweet Friday evening from his official Twitter account, Lil Jon says Trump did use the term but stopped when confronted.

"When this 'Uncle Tom' incident happened on Celebrity Apprentice in the boardroom several of my castmates and I addressed Mr. Trump immediately when we heard the comment," Lil Jon wrote. "I can't say if he knew what he was actually saying or not but he did stop using that term once we explained it's offensiveness."

The rapper added: "I also want to be clear that I don't agree with many of the statements Mr. Trump has said during his current run for President."

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It's not the first time Trump's behavior on the set of The Apprentice has come into question.

In the week since a 2005 recording leaked of Trump talking graphically about how he is able to grope women because of his celebrity status, Trump's critics and political opponents have sought access to comb through 14 seasons of unaired tapes of The Apprentice in the hunt for more embarrassing bombshells.

The clamor caused Mark Burnett, the reality TV mega-producer who created The Apprentice, to state Thursday that MGM doesn't have the right to release footage from the show because of "various contractual and legal requirements."

He added that he's not in the Trump camp. "I am not now and have never been a supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy," he said in a statement. "I am NOT 'Pro-Trump.' "

The Lil Jon brouhaha caps off a bruising week for Trump, who has now been accused by 12 women of unwanted sexual advances. That list includes former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, who said Friday that she tried to get a job with Trump after her season ended and was invited to meet him at a hotel for dinner.

In a press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred, Zervos said that she went to meet Trump at a hotel bungalow and he “started kissing me open-mouthed.” She said she pulled away, but Trump kept trying to kiss her and asked her to lay down and watch TV with him.

Despite rejecting his sexual advances, Zervos said she still pursued a job with Trump, but he never offered one.

Trump said he "vaguely remembers" Zervos in a statement released Friday, but denied ever meeting her a hotel or that he "greeted her inappropriately."

Meanwhile, Trump, who has vociferously denied allegations of misconduct, has begun to tell crowds at campaign stops that the media and Hillary Clinton are conspiring against him.

"This whole thing is one big fix," Trump said in Greensboro Friday.

USA Today


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