Trump Team Threatens to Sue Filmmakers Behind 'Garbage' Biopic 'The Apprentice'

Included in the biopic, which premiered at Cannes, is a scene that shows the former president raping his former wife, Ivana Trump.

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Donald Trump's campaign has threatened to sue the filmmakers behind The Apprentice, an Ali Abbasi-directed Trump biopic which premiered at Cannes on Monday and stars Sebastian Stan as a young version of the real estate mogul.

Deadline reports Trump's team is ready to file a lawsuit against the filmmakers over what they call "false assertions" made in the film. Included in the biopic is a scene that shows the former president raping his former wife, Ivana Trump.

“We will be filing a lawsuit to address the blatantly false assertions from these pretend filmmakers,”  the Trump campaign’s Steven Cheung said. “This garbage is pure fiction which sensationalizes lies that have been long debunked."

Cheung added, “This ‘film’ is pure malicious defamation, should not see the light of day and doesn’t even deserve a place in the straight-to-DVD section of a bargain bin at a soon-to-be-closed discount movie store,” Cheung stated. “It belongs in a dumpster fire.”

Premiered on Monday at Cannes, The Apprentice received an eight-minute standing ovation.

The storm is coming, it’s time to make movies political again says director of ‘The Apprentice’ Ali Abbasi #Cannes pic.twitter.com/mEUVdXV8Dp

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Directed by Abbasi and written by Gabe Sherman, The Apprentice explores Donald Trump’s rise to power in the 1970s and 1980s. Succession star Jeremy Strong co-stars as lawyer Ray Cohn, along with Martin Donovan (Tenet) as Fred Trump Sr. and Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) as Ivana Trump.

“There is no nice metaphorical way to deal with fascism,” director Ali Abassi told Variety after the ovation. “It’s time to make movies relevant. It’s time to make movies political again.”

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