Actor and comedian Tom Arnold revealed details on Monday about why he had not released tapes from The Apprentice which allegedly show Donald Trump "saying every dirty, every offensive, racist thing ever."
On a Seattle radio program earlier this month, Arnold said that he had access to the footage but decided not to release it because he believed that Trump's followers would only be emboldened by the offensive remarks.
"I think if the people that like him saw him saying the N-word, matter-of-factly saying this stuff, I think they would have liked him more for being politically incorrect," Arnold explained at the time.
However, fans and acquaintances continued to press Arnold. On Sunday, a tweet from actor Michael Rapaport finally pushed the True Lies star to share some details about what happened behind the scenes.
Arnold pointed out in a series of tweets that Trump bragged about "sexually assaulting women, walkin in on naked teens" -- but he still won the election.
According to Arnold, he received access to the video via a time-limited password to a system that is designed to share work within the entertainment industry while preventing piracy.
Things became serious, Arnold said, when "Alt Right nuts" began to threaten his family during the election. But Trump's connection to Russia and Vladimir Putin made Arnold take his case for exposing the GOP nominee to "7 powerful Hollywood people who have everything."
It appears that those "big shots" refused to release information about Trump.
"They hate me now," Arnold wrote. "Terrible career move but I believe if Russia has something they can blackmail our president with its worth the risk to me. Plus I'm a 57 year old father of 1 & 3 yr olds. I want to do all I can so there's a safe America for them."
Arnold concluded his tweetstorm by hinting at more revelations about Trump's behavior in the entertainment industry and troubling links to Russia.
"All will be reviewed soon," Arnold insisted. "Smart Watergate level journalists are ontop of this."
Read the tweets below.
All I want for Christmas is them Tom Arnold tapes! Where Them Tapes At @TomArnold— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport)1482646047.0
Bogged down with Stern Show fantasy football feuds haven't had time 4 anything. Promise if Howard asked he'd get se… https://t.co/dVJdvl9Sr0— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482649988.0
Between us a lawsuit is my goal on both my Apprentice & tax claims. Then HE has to leak them to prove I lied & no o… https://t.co/xk9rrev15O— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482697319.0
Talked sexually assaulting women, walkin in on naked teens, Advisor:Sandy Hook fake anti Jew, gay. U.S.needs 2C ILL… https://t.co/BG7WjJYdTy— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482698441.0
1. I'm going 2 explain cause I know U rode Trump's butt for the 5 yrs it took him 2 confirm Obama's legitimacy. I r… https://t.co/FgvQAcKTn2— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482713346.0
2. Used in our biz 2 prevent piracy. Had a limited time password. When I received no one thought Trump would be Pre… https://t.co/T5mYrIb8Lv— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482713567.0
3. People got scared. Can't blame them. Me & my fam get threatened by Alt Right nuts a lot plus only Billy Bush's c… https://t.co/yL1EYs418W— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482713773.0
4. Her by the pussy" tape. Normally I don't think a persons private life should affect job. Didn't say anything abo… https://t.co/teNvbKt5Fi— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482713983.0
5. Off Trumps playmate girlfriends. Plus he'd always been nice to me but he became a bully. John McCain's POW heroi… https://t.co/s2rXKdlQ3z— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482714201.0
6. JFK Etc. Not the guy I knew & he was stoking racism. Lying. Basically saying anything to get elected contradicti… https://t.co/SwhR30xYxm— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482714615.0
7. Russian hack happened. That and him lying about releasing his taxes. I knew he'd spoken to Putin 2013 in Moscow… https://t.co/diA3gOAZcO— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482714741.0
8. Contest from NBC guy that was with him. I shot a movie "produced" by one of his bus partners & Putin pal. Very c… https://t.co/tX8FZaTgLf— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482714876.0
9. Of course he didn't think he was telling tales about what happened in 2013 to a US President. You have to see hi… https://t.co/fYdeBXfach— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482715004.0
10. Are disgusting but not illegal. I'm not going to out the little guy but I personally confronted 7 powerful Holl… https://t.co/XgGU4VJ42i— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482715123.0
11. Everything. They hate me now. Terrible career move but I believe if Russia has something they can blackmail our… https://t.co/rcybr1WOy6— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482715239.0
12. The risk to me. Plus I'm a 57 year old father of 1 & 3 yr olds. I want to do all I can so there's a safe Americ… https://t.co/5ahNdYiAUs— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482715396.0
13. Will give you the names of the 7 big shots and you can risk your livelihood and confront them too. All will be… https://t.co/LpsCqWBegh— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482715512.0
14. Watergate level journalists are ontop of this. https://t.co/scvnHY836l— Tom Arnold (@Tom Arnold)1482715569.0