Apprentice candidate Alla worked as a stripper; her client robbed and killed three people to help pay her

The Apprentice 4 candidate Alla Wartenberg describes herself on her web site as “a self made multi-millionaire” and the owner of “a chain of upscale full service Dolphin Court Salons & Day Spas in Las Vegas.” As The Smoking Gun discovered, she left off the fact that she “work[ed] at the Palomino Club, a Sin City strip joint where the female talent works topless and bottomless.”

But it gets better. Dancing as Ecstasy, or X, Alla “developed a ‘pretty platonic relationship’ with a regular named Robert Acremant, a California businessman who would pay her between $500-1500 (and sometimes more) for an evening’s worth of dances and company in the private Lipstick Lounge,” TSG says.

That’s significant because the man, Robert Acremant, “needed money to spend on his favorite Vegas stripper,” and thus he robbed and killed two women and later a man. He “has been sentenced to death in both California and Oregon, where he is currently imprisoned.”

In a deposition, she says she had “platonic friendship” with him, even though, as The Smoking Gun reports, “Acremant considered Wartenberg his girlfriend.” This caused him to, at one point, pull a gun on her, because, as she said, he was “panicking and freaking out, telling me that he, you know, he was very upset with me because I never loved him. I just used him for money.”

Used him for money? No wonder Donald Trump hand-picked her.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.