Trump Merely Scolded Gary Busey After Alleged Groping On The Apprentice

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After actor Gary Busey allegedly groped a female staffer during a shoot for 2011 season of "Celebrity Apprentice," Donald Trump merely told the actor to stay away from the employee and did not further discipline Busey, the Daily Beast reported late Wednesday.

According to five "Apprentice" employees, including the victim, Busey grabbed a female staffer "firmly between [the] legs," put his hands on her breasts, and then put her hand over his crotch while the show was in Manhattan filming an episode. Several staffers on the show witnessed the alleged incident, and one staffer intervened when Busey allegedly groped the female employee, according to the "Apprentice" employees who spoke to the Daily Beast.

“There was a moment where [Busey] basically grabbed her tits, and grabbed her hand [and] put it on his package there,” an "Apprentice" employee who witnessed the alleged groping said. “And a second friend, who was with her, had to push him away. And they were both like, ‘What the heck?’”

Trump was informed about the alleged incident and he asked Busey about it in the boardroom as the cast prepared to shot part of an episode, according to four "Apprentice" employees who spoke with the Daily Beast. One former employee who heard the conversation said that Trump was "yucking" it up with Busey while talking to him about the incident.

"This was brought to Trump’s attention later, and there was something when he questioned Busey in the boardroom about it, and the resolution was Trump saying, ‘Keep your hands to yourself,'" the staffer told the Daily Beast.

"Gary, did you do a bad thing… [and] got your hands where they’re not supposed to be,” the staffer says Trump told Busey at the time.

Another staffer told the Daily Beast that Trump told Busey he was a “bad boy, a very bad boy.”

Busey's manager, Ron Sampson, denied the allegations against the actor.

"In response to your ludicrous inquiry, we will not bother and/or disrupt the life of a wonderful 72 year old man who has enjoyed a flawless career for over 45 years, to entertain such ridiculous and false accusations," Sampson wrote in a statement to the Daily Beast. "Mr. Busey has better things to do with the rest of his life, like help raise his 6 year old son, and enjoy his family on his free time."

"It is our belief this is clearly an attempt to gain 5 minutes of fame for some wannabe, or perhaps a political attempt to drag Mr. Busey in the mud because he has been labeled a supporter of Donald Trump, which is false," Sampson continued. ""\We are putting you on alert that if you print ANYTHING of the sort regarding an alleged anything, you are clearly opening yourself for a lawsuit."

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Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.
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