A 30-year-old man is suing Mark Burnett for “improper business practices and ethics” and for defamation, slander, and libel. Oh, and probably for attention.
Nicholas Christakis wasn’t cast for the first season of The Apprentice, but he did make the finals. He “claims in his federal civil action that Burnett ‘defamed, slandered and libeled’ him in front of a California casting crew during the August 2003 final interviews,” according to the Boston Herald.
The paper says that “Christakis filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection” and a year later, “his family’s Billerica breakfast nook, The Cove, was shut down by the town’s board of health. Christakis, his brother and mother sued. Christakis said his litigious history may have scared off Burnett.”
“He screwed me. I had the credentials. Donald Trump, with all due respect, probably would have given me his operations,” Christakis, clearly not even understanding the point of the show, which has nothing to do with Trump giving away “his operations.” Christakis also told the Boston Herald, “Mark Burnett passed judgment on me. He thought I was a lunatic.”