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'Apprentices' United: Bradford to Represent Raj

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You might remember Brad as the guy who gave up exemption only to get the axe in Season Two of "The Apprentice." Since then, Bradford Cohen tells us, "I've returned to my law practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where just recently I heard from an old friend."

Raj Bhakta may have outlasted Brad on "The Apprentice," but when he found himself on the wrong end of a lawsuit, he knew exactly where to turn. "I called [brad] up and said, 'Look, I've got this legal issue, help me take care of it,'" Raj recalled. "I hired the best Florida attorney, Mr. Bradford Cohen."

Raj has been sued by Vacations Only, a Florida corporation for which he had agreed to host an event last December. In return, documents show, Vacations agreed to pay Raj just under $4,000, giving him half of the money up front.

On the night of his scheduled appearance, however, Raj was a no-show. "I was sick and couldn't go," Raj explained. "I called them up and said, 'I'm sorry, I can't make it. I'm ill and I'm going to send back the money.' I even offered to go back and show up for free another time for their time and troubles."

But for Vacations Only, the offer was apparently not enough. Even though Raj says his assistant returned the advance, Vacations Only claims they never received it. Now they want nearly $25,000 in damages.

"I was amazed," Raj admitted. "You know, I hadn't gotten a phone call saying that they hadn't gotten a check back and instead of getting a, 'Hey, would you mind sending a check?' I got, 'Within 30 days you get sued!' But we live in a litigious society."

So what would Trump have to say about all this? Bradford believes he'd say Raj should have gone to the event even if he was sick. But Raj disagrees, arguing that Trump has fought his own share of legal battles and would feel his pain.

"I think Trump would probably pat me on the back and say, 'Welcome to the club,'" Raj predicted.

Bradford has spoken with opposing counsel, and he think they may be able to resolve the matter.

By the way, Season Three of "The Apprentice" is well underway and Brad had a little advice for the contestants: "If you ever get sued you know where to reach me."

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Guest Tigress61
I happened to see this on either 'Extra' or 'Access Hollywood'. Trump liked him so much that he ended up hiring him for some type of real estate work. I will do some web surfing to find an article. :wink:
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The Donald Fires the Rumors

March 31, 2005

When you're as rich and famous as Donald Trump, rumors come with the business. Now, the billionaire is teaming up with "Extra" to do some serious rumor control.

True or false: rumor has it The Donald is about to rake in a million bucks to teach a one-hour course in real estate.

True -- Trump confirmed the rumor, but said not to believe everything else you read.

True or false: rumors have flown recently surrounding Trump and his new wife, Melania. So is it true? Is the happy couple expecting a baby Trump?

False -- "Melania is not pregnant," Trump stated.

Meanwhile, Trump is delivering exclusive "Apprentice" news only to "Extra." So, true or false: did he recently hire fan favorite, Andy, from "The Apprentice 2?"

True -- Andy is doing a real estate deal with Donald Jr. "I thought he was really special," Trump told us. "I said, 'Andy, you're hired.'"

"Working for Mr. Trump is like a dream come true," Andy revealed to us. "I started 'The Apprentice' with that goal in mind and to have it turn out this way in the end is beyond expectations."

And speaking of working with The Donald, is it true or false that Trump is courting Michael Jackson to perform at his Vegas resort?

False -- "No I'm not courting Michael," Trump told us.

On to the next rumor: is it true or false that Trump recently visited Martha Stewart to start working on her upcoming "Apprentice" spin-off that he's producing with Mark Burnett?

Also false -- "No, Martha wants to be able to breathe a little bit," Trump explained. "She just got out, and she wants to be able to breathe. But she's terrific."

So there you have it: tthe truth and nothing but about all the latest Trump rumors. And finally, it's completely true that you can catch Donald Trump's "Apprentices" as they go into the pizza business, Thursday night on NBC.

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Guest ranster627
Can someone remind of who Andy is?  Maybe a pic or something... please, pretty please?

He was the YOUNG master debater who was out-debated!

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Oh I knew I knew it... just wouldn't come to me... THANK YOU ranster and spring... I know who it is now... geesh how could I forget him, he was my favorite last season... :oops:

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He was the young guy who wouldn't feed his people their pizza until they got the job done. :lol: And then Jen and Sandy totally talked all over him in the board room.

Yeah, I remember him.

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Can someone remind of who Andy is?  Maybe a pic or something... please, pretty please?

He was the YOUNG master debater who was out-debated!

snickers at "master debater"

Well, HE thought he was! :wink: :lol::lol:

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I'm snickering too.  It does have that "sound" about  it doesn't it?

HeHeHe ... I really didn't think anyone would notice ... it has been there a long time! :wink:

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So me and my friend decided to try something new this weekend and head to the hard rock casino here in Tampa. It wasen't what we were expecting we were there for about an hour toyed with the idea of going into this one club but then we just ended up leaving. Well I turn on the news this morning to hear that Chris our tobacco chewing twirp was at the casino as well Saturday night. Turns out that same club my friend and I almost went into has a cover of $15 no biggie but for Chris it was. He refused to pay the $15 cover because he had payed $2000 for his room at the hard rock. He was arrested and had to pay $250 to get out of jail. Now if you ask me I would have rather payed the $15 to get into the club. It's too bad we didn't stay I would have loved to see the spectacle that took place outside that club lol. I am sure Trump will just love when he hears this i'm pretty sure all of the contestants are under some kind of contract until the final show airs and getting arrested will be highly frowned upon. Just thought i'd share :D

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'Apprentice' Shelton Contestant Arrested

2 hours, 58 minutes ago Entertainment - AP

TAMPA, Fla. - Real estate millionaire Chris Shelton, a contestant on NBC's "The Apprentice," was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge.

Shelton, 22, one of six remaining contestants competing for a job with Donald Trump, was taken into custody early Sunday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He was released after posting $250 bail. A tribal police officer said he heard a noisy Shelton in the hotel lobby and asked him twice to calm down before arresting him, said Seminole police spokesman Gary Bitner. "He was loud and he just wouldn't calm down," Bitner said. Shelton was peeved over a $20 cover charge for the hotel bar. Shelton "was at the lobby causing a scene," the police report said. "There were several patrons in the area who were visibly shaken by his actions. After several attempts to calm Shelton, he continued to yell and curse, refusing to calm down and stop causing a scene." Shelton and some friends were staying at the hotel and celebrating his continued success on "The Apprentice," Bitner said. "We don't really have any comment," NBC spokesman Jim Dowd said. "This is clearly a private matter with Chris." All but the final episode has been taped, and it isn't known if Shelton makes it that far.

What do you know! And usually a lot of these stories we get aren't verified ever!

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FROM TV GUIDE: Entertainment News

APPRENTICE DUMPS TRUMP: Bill Rancic, the winner of the original season of The Apprentice, has announced that when his contract expires in March, he will leave his position overseeing construction of Chicago's Trump International Hotel and Tower and start up his own business. "In the years to come, I hope there will be Bill Rancic towers alongside the Trump towers," says the young exec, blissfully unaware that the Donald will ruin him come April.

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Rancic Says He'll Stop Working for Trump

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Bill Rancic

"The Apprentice" winner Bill Rancic, entrusted by the reality TV show's creator, Donald Trump, to develop a skyscraper, says he'll stop working for him next year and start his own business. Rancic, who won the first season of the U.S. NBC network's "The Apprentice" in April last year, said his contract with Trump, the American real estate mogul, to oversee construction of the 90-story Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago will end in March.

"That will probably be it for me," Rancic said late September 7 during a global leadership forum in Malaysia. "I'm going to go out and start another business of my own," said the former Internet entrepreneur. "That's in my blood." Rancic, from Chicago, acknowledged that he would be leaving before Trump's project along the Chicago river is completed. Construction began last October on the glitzy structure, which is to include 227 hotel guest rooms and suites.

But Rancic said he won't totally sever ties with Trump, noting there are plans for him to make appearances in the upcoming fourth and fifth seasons of "The Apprentice," in which contestants use their business savvy to compete against each other, and the winner gets a job with Trump.

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Bill Rancic hears those two little words from

Donald Trump . . . 'You're Hired!'

Rancic, whose victory on "The Apprentice" debut season finale was watched by 28 million viewers in the United States, said he was currently also involved in a fruit processing operation in Canada and was exploring other business opportunities, particularly in real estate. "In the years to come, I hope there will be Bill Rancic towers right alongside the Trump towers," Rancic said.

He voiced confidence about his post-Trump future, saying he has learned "powerful lessons" and made valuable contacts. "Donald Trump has taken me under his wing," Rancic said. "I've gone all over the world with him, I've seen every deal that he's involved in right now. I've really seen what business is like on one of the highest levels out there."

Rancic, 33, urged Asian entrepreneurs to emulate what he called Trump's boundless passion for work. "He's a guy who's going to die in that chair, putting together some big deal," Rancic said. "I don't think Donald Trump will ever stop. He truly loves what he's doing."

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'Apprentice' Also-Ran Runs for Congress

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Raj Peter Bhakta was a candidate on 'The Apprentice'

but failed to impress judges George H. Ross, Donald

Trump and Carolyn Kepcher

Cameras are never far away as bow-tied Raj Peter Bhakta, a former hopeful on Donald Trump's TV show, "The Apprentice," auditions for an audience deciding whether to give him a job as a congressman.

A production crew is filming a documentary about Bhakta and his long-shot bid to unseat first-term Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania. At a fundraiser last month for two Republican incumbents, guests sought out Bhakta as he milled about the ballroom so they could pose for pictures with him.

Bhakta once occupied the posh Manhattan boardrooms of "The Apprentice," vying with other eager young men and women for a job with Trump. He was fired from the program after a home renovation project went awry.

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Raj Peter Bhakta dealt with the law on 'The Apprentice'

Now, two years later, Bhakta works out of a Best Western hotel in a nondescript area off the Pennsylvania Turnpike his campaign headquarters. "Some people want to do the same thing all their life," said Bhakta, 30. "I'm an entrepreneur. You have different opportunities and you pursue those opportunities."

Bhakta brings some baggage to the race: two DUI arrests in the past nine years, no political experience and questions about his business background. Bhakta has acknowledged the DUIs, saying he was ashamed of his "irresponsible" actions, but he has no apologies for being a political outsider or the hopscotch nature of his resume.

His first business venture, launched in 2000, was a failed attempt to sell used cars online. Bhakta said a second business, with his family and other partners, successfully renovated a lodge in Vail, Colorado. His family also owns the Best Western that houses his campaign office.

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Raj Peter Bhakta didn't score with Anna Kournikova

"The Apprentice" came calling in 2004, and after Bhakta got fired he started the Coalition for the Advancement of the Republic, an advocacy group designed to "espouse common sense conservatism," according to its Web site. It hasn't gotten off the ground because of the demands of the campaign, he said.

Bhakta, a first-generation American whose parents are from India and Ireland, describes himself as a moderate Republican. He opposes gay marriage but supports civil unions. On abortion rights, he will only say that Roe v. Wade is "the established law of the land." The war in Iraq was misguided, he said, but withdrawing now is not an option.

Bhakta hasn't been given much of a chance, especially in a Philadelphia-area district won by Democrats Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004, each with 56 percent of the vote.

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Raj Peter Bhakta

Schwartz, 57, was elected to Congress in 2004, also with 56 percent of the vote. The former state senator has about $1.3 million campaign cash on hand, according to her most recent campaign finance report, compared to about $79,000 for Bhakta.

Five months before the election, Bhakta has perhaps become the Trump of his own reality show, overseeing more than a dozen interns working on his campaign. He has promised to hire the three best if he is elected. At an orientation session this week, Bhakta reminded the interns of the hard work of campaigning and his uphill challenge.

And he warned them not to play to the documentary's cameras, since campaigns often have enough surprises without having to manufacture unnecessary drama or infighting. "I've been on a show where there's a lot of that," he said. For more information on Raj Peter Bhakta's campaign for political office, go to: Raj for Congress.

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