Donald Trump movie ‘The Apprentice’ shows ex-US President assaulting ex-wife: ‘This garbage is pure fiction’

A recent film titled ‘The Apprentice’, which centres on former US President Donald Trump's life in the 1970s and '80s, has come under scrutiny for its portrayal of sexual assault. The film references allegations that Ivana made against Donald Trump during their divorce proceedings in the late '80s.

Written By Fareha Naaz
First Published22 May 2024
First wife of former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Ivana Marie initially accused him of rape  during divorce proceedings in the '80s but retracted her statement in 1993.
First wife of former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Ivana Marie initially accused him of rape during divorce proceedings in the ’80s but retracted her statement in 1993.(AFP)

Ivana Marie, a Czech-American businesswoman, socialite, and model, was married to former US President Donald Trump from 1977 until their divorce in 1990. A new movie titled, ‘The Apprentice’ centred around the ex-US President's life in the 1970s and '80s, is under scanner for showing Trump raping his then-wife, Ivana. 

The star cast features Maria Bakalova (the breakout star of Borat 2) as Donald Trump's first wife, Ivana, Sebastian Stan as a young Trump and Jeremy Strong as lawyer Roy Cohn. A scene from the movie shows Sebastian Stan, playing Donald Trump, raping his then-wife Ivana, played by Maria Bakalova, on the floor as she urges him to stop.

“We will be filing a lawsuit to address the blatantly false assertions from these pretend filmmakers,” PEOPLE quoted Steven Cheung, a communications director for Donald Trump's campaign. 

He made this statement after the film's premiere at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival on Monday, May 20.

He termed the film 'malicious defamation' and added, “This garbage is pure fiction which sensationalises lies that have been long debunked,” reported PEOPLE.

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On the other hand, the movie's director, Abbasi, seemed unconcerned at the press conference for the film on May 21 despite the warnings of legal action. Abbasi said, “I mean, everybody talks about him suing a lot of people — they don't talk about his success rate, though, you know?”

An official description from the Cannes Festival for Donald Trump's biographical movie reads, “It charts a young Donald Trump’s ascent to power through a Faustian deal with the influential right-wing lawyer and political fixer Roy Cohn.” 

Currently, the film lacks a distribution agreement for release in US theatres.

Donald Trump's wife, Ivana, pressed assault charges on Donald Trump in the late '80s during their divorce proceedings, The Daily Beast reported in 2015. She accused Trump of raping her but later repealed this statement in 1993. While clarifying it, she said I do “not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.” 

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In a 2015 statement, Ivana Marie said, “The story is totally without merit. Donald and I are the best of friends and together have raised three children that we love and are very proud of.”

In May 2016, when the news daily PEOPLE questioned Donald Trump about Ivana's claim, he had said, “It never took place.”

Also read: What Trump’s Campaign Is Taking From 2016 and 2020

Notably, this development comes ahead of the US Presidential elections scheduled for November 2024, with former US President Donald Trump standing as the Republican presidential candidate. 

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