Director hits back as Trump calls in lawyers over film
Row escalates over Menie golf course documentary
A FILM-MAKER today branded a complaint against the BBC by Donald Trump’s team as a “blatant attack on free speech”.
Anthony Baxter, from Montrose, said he was “appalled” the Trump Organisation had called in lawyers over the broadcast of his documentary You’ve Been Trumped.
The Trump Organisation denounced the BBC for airing what it described as “propaganda” against the Menie Estate golf course, near Balmedie, and said it would be complaining to the BBC Trust and media watchdog Ofcom over the decision to show the programme on Sunday night.
A BBC spokesman said: “You’ve Been Trumped is an award-winning film that has been screened at international festivals around the world.
“During the making of the film, Donald Trump declined the opportunity to take part.
“We are confident that Donald Trump was offered sufficient right to reply in accordance with BBC Editorial Guidelines.
“Donald Trump chose not to participate but the film-maker took care to reflect his views on a number of different occasions in the film.”