Lord Alan Sugar has given his side of the story in former Apprentice winner Stella English's lawsuit against his company.
English has taken legal action over what she claims was constructive dismissal.
Sugar has now told an employment tribunal that he was surprised to learn that his former employee was not enjoying her new job, despite being paid £100,000.
"I began to think that perhaps the reality of work rather than the glamour of showbusiness was beginning to bite with her,” he said, according to The Independent.
At war: Lord Alan Sugar and Stella English (WENN)
“Her time in the limelight was beginning to fade."
English had alleged that when she was told she was being let go from set-top box company YouView, Sugar had said: "I've met my obligations to you. I did it for the BBC and the integrity of the show and a bit of my own PR and a bit of yours too. But the fact is that I don't give a shit."
He has responded: "It was clear to me now that she thought that everyone was out to trick her,. She thought during the whole process that she was being lied to and that the other candidate has been chosen as the winner.”
He will reportedly continue to give evidence tomorrow.
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