Monday, June 17, 2024

Trump Vows Legal Action Against Cannes Film Depicting Rape of Ivana: “Malicious defamation…garbage…pure fiction”


Donald Trump’s comms director has issued a promise of legal action against the filmmakers involved in “The Apprentice.”

The film about Trump, ex wife Ivana, and Roy Cohn premiered today in Cannes to a long standing ovation. Sebastian Stan plays Trump, Maria Bakalova is Ivana, and Jeremy Strong is Cohn.

The film shows Trump raping Ivana during their marriage. It also reveals Cohn grooming him to become a celebrity — with plastic surgery, hair transplants, and so on.

The movie, from director, Ali Abbasi, has turned into the talk of the festival. Producers are looking for a distributor. It will have to be a company that won’t mind a lawsuit from a former US president currently standing trial for fraud.

That may not be easy. One of the movie’s investors, billionaire Dan Snyder, is reportedly angry that “The Apprentice” isn’t the one he put money in. Snyder, a huge Republican and Trump donor, has a film investment company that will have a say in how the movie is sold.

Here’s the statement:

According to Variety the rape scene is described:

“Ivana playfully presents a book to her husband about the merits of a female orgasm. But the interaction between the two turns dark quickly, as an uninterested Trump tells his wife that he is no longer attracted to her. They argue, and then Trump throws her to the ground. As he angrily thrusts himself into her, an icy Trump sneers: “Is that your G spot? Did I find it?”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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