Tom Arnold and Mark Burnett clash at pre-Emmys party, cause social media stir

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Things got ugly at a pre-Emmys party in Century City Sunday night after strong words apparently escalated into violence between actor Tom Arnold and producer Mark Burnett.

In social media posts, Arnold accused Burnett of choking him at "this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain," Arnold tweeted. "I'm waiting for LAPD."

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, there is no record of officers responding to the party and no reports of an incident involving Arnold or Burnett.

But Monday morning, Arnold filed a battery complaint with the LAPD. He said he wants Burnett arrested.

"This is a guy that's worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Mark Burnett, who just tried to murder me," Arnold said.

Burnett's wife, actress Roma Downey, tweeted a photo showing a bruise on a hand. She said she got the bruise when Arnold "tried to ambush" the couple. She ended the tweet with "Is your TV show worth it Tom? Please stop."

Arnold replied: "You lie your crazy husband attacked me you psycho. I'm filing police report & suing you for defamation."

Arnold added Monday that he didn't even see Downey during the event and continued to call her a liar.

Downey was referring to Arnold's new show, "The Hunt For The Trump Tapes," which premieres Tuesday on Viceland. The show follows Arnold's attempts to find tapes that show Donald Trump expressing bigoted views on the set of "The Apprentice," which Burnett produces.

A promo on twitter teases: "Here's Who Tom Arnold Is Bothering," and Burnett is included on that list.

Arnold claims Burnett has those Trump tapes.

"He can show America right now. He is hurting America," he said.

Other than the tweets, the Burnett camp has been silent about the altercation.

Actress Alyson Hannigan tweeted that she witnessed the confrontation and thought it was a joke until security jumped in.

The reported altercation happened at a fundraiser for the Motion Picture Television Fund at the Lawn at Century Park.

City News Service and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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