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TV Producer Mark Burnett Won’t Face Charges In Alleged Altercation With Tom Arnold

Arnold had filed a police report accusing Burnett of attacking and choking him at an Emmys party, but prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to charge him.

Posted on October 25, 2018, at 2:58 p.m. ET

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Tom Arnold (left) and Mark Burnett.

Television producer Mark Burnett won’t face charges related to allegations that he attacked actor Tom Arnold at an Emmys party in September.

City attorney spokesperson Frank Mateljan told BuzzFeed News on Thursday that their office was declining to file criminal charges due to insufficient evidence.

Arnold filed a police report in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, the day after the party, accusing Burnett, one of the executive producers of The Apprentice, of attacking him at a pre-Emmys party.

Arnold has become a vocal critic of Donald Trump and is the host of the upcoming Viceland show The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, which aims to find and investigate recordings and outtakes of the president during his time on the reality TV show. In the months leading up to the encounter, Arnold had been hounding Burnett to turn over recordings.

The two were entering the charity event to kick off the Emmys when they ran into each other and, according to Arnold, Burnett “just went apeshit and choked [him].”

"In 15 years on The Apprentice Mark Burnett never attacked Donald Trump for making racist comments or sexually harassing women. Last night as I entered The Night Before The Emmy's Party, Burnett violently attacked & choked me for doing a TV show about Trump doing those things."

But Burnett’s wife, actor Roma Downey, who was by her husband’s side at the party, said Arnold was actually the aggressor.

Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event. Is your TV show worth it Tom?Please stop

Burnett did not immediately responded to BuzzFeed News’ requests for comment. Arnold posted this statement:

My official statement regarding the incident with Mark Burnett:

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