On Friday night (Oct. 14), Lil Jon released a statement via Twitter to address allegations of the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calling the rapper an “Uncle Tom” during production on season 13 of The Apprentice.
“When this ‘Uncle Tom’ incident happened on Celebrity Apprentice in the boardroom several of my cast mates and I addressed Mr. Trump immediately when we heard the comment,” Lil Jon wrote on in his message. “I can’t say if he knew what he was actually saying or not but he did stop using that term once we explained it’s [sic] offensiveness.”
The Daily Beast broke the news that Trump called Lil Jon an “Uncle Tom” when he saw him dressed as Uncle Sam as part of a segment on the show.
“We kept trying to explain to [Trump] that that’s not a word you can use, that it’s offensive,” the Daily Beast reports. Trump’s campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks has denied these claims, stating that they’re “simply untrue.”
— LILJON (@LilJon) October 15, 2016