New Details About Mark Burnett's Wife Roma Downey — Who Accused Tom Arnold Of 'Ambushing' And Bruising Her At A Party

She shared a photo of her bruised hand.

New Details About Mark Burnett's Wife Roma Downey — Who Accused Tom Arnold Of 'Ambushing' And Bruising Her At A Party getty

One of the reputations actors sometimes get is that they are desperate, and according to a new tweet from Roma Downey, Tom Arnold is not helping the situation.

Roma Downey is the wife of Mark Burnett, one of the biggest names in reality television production. He is the producing force behind hit shows like Survivor, Shark Tank, and yes, even The Apprentice

At 10:40 p.m. on Sept. 16, Roma tweeted this photo of a bruise on her hand, alleging that actor Tom Arnold had ambushed her and Mark at a charity event.


"Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event. Is your TV show worth it Tom? Please stop."

While Roma doesn't go into detail about what exactly she's referring to, she does give off the impression that Tom may have been eager to approach them about pitching a new show or to discuss one that he's already involved with.


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Tom, who is also the ex-husband of comedian Roseanne Barr, was quick to dismiss Roma's accusation.

"Bullsh-t. You lie your crazy husband attacked me you psycho. I’m filing police report & suing you for defamation."

Tom went on to say that Mark was the one who attacked him.


“Mark Burnett just went apes— & choked me at this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain. I’m waiting for LAPD.” 

He also alleges that Roma knocked a phone out of the hand of director Bryan Fogel and that Fogel has a video of the confrontation. 

Tom later tweeted that he was sitting at the West LAPD filing charges against Burnett, who he referred to as President Donald Trump's "best bud." As it turns out, the Los Angeles Police Department was never contacted.

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According to Yahoothere is no incident involving Tom Arnold on file. Ray Brown.


“There is no record of any incident with Tom Arnold. None. Period. Per our watch commander who handles that location or area where this so-called party happened. There was no police report filed,” an LAPD spokesperson officer added.

While nothing has been confirmed, the alleged altercation occurred just a few days before the premiere of Tom's new documentary series for Viceland, The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold.

Mark Burnett was the executive producer of The Apprentice, the reality show which made Trump a household name.


It has been reported that there are unaired recordings during the filming of The Apprentice in which Donald Trump can be heard saying racist and sexist slurs. According to a report in USA Today, despite no current evidence, there are people associated with Trump, including former Apprentice contestant and White House aide, Omarosa, who claim that the tapes do exist.

That mystery, in a nutshell, is what Tom Arnold's new show is all about — finding those tapes.

So, you can imagine if he ran into the one person who would likely have access to those tapes — Mark Burnett — he's bound to get excited. The question is though, did Tom, Roma, or Mark actually engage in a physical confrontation?

Despite their working ties during the days of filming The Apprentice, Mark did not support Trump during his candidacy for President of the United States. 


Either way, it looks like Tom won't be collaborating with Roma or Mark in the future.

For her part, Roma has not filed charges or commented further, aside from retweeting several messages of support from friends and fans on Twitter. 

Roma and Mark have been married since 2007 and frequently collaborate together on projects. Here are seven things to know about Roma Downey.

1. She is from Northern Ireland.

Roma Downey is was born in Derry, County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. She attended college in England, where she received her bachelor's degree from Brighton Art College.


Following that, Roma went on to study at the London Drama Studio. Upon graduation from the studio, she was awarded the title Most Promising Student of the Year. 

2. She became famous for her role on the television series Touched by an Angel

In 1994, Roma received the lead role of Monica in the series Touched by an Angel. The show followed three angels sent to Earth to provide guidance and inspiration for those in need.

The show became a huge success and ran until 2003, making Roma a household name long before marrying Mark Burnett.


3. She has appeared on Broadway.

In addition to her successful television career, Roma has worked as a stage actress in New York. She appeared opposite Rex Harrison in the Broadway production of The Circle.

Her off-Broadway credits include Love's Labour's Lost, Tamara, and Arms and the Man.

4. She has been married before.



Prior to her marriage to Mark Burnett, Roma Downey was married twice before. Her first marriage was to actor and director Leland Orser, and her second marriage was with director and producer David Anspaugh, with whom she has one child.

5. She is a producer.

Though Roma continues to act, her focus lately has been on behind-the-scenes work. Roma has served as executive producer on the series The Baxters, A.D. The Bible Continues, I Struggle. I Rise, and the Ben-Hur remake.


Roma and Mark also founded LightWorkers Media, a faith-based content company. 

6. She's an author.

In addition to her busy life as a mother, wife, producer, and actor, Roma is also an author.

She has penned several books, including Box of Butterflies: Discovering the Unexpected Blessings All Around Us and Love is a Family


7. Her former co-star officiated her wedding.


Roma starred alongside Della Reese throughout the duration of Touched by an Angel. Reese, who is also an ordained minister, officiated Roma's 2007 Malibu wedding to Mark Burnett.

The co-stars remained close until Della's death in November 2017. Della was also the godmother to Roma's daughter Reilly Marie and became a surrogate mother to Roma when her own mom passed away. 


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Jill Zwarensteyn is a writer and Michigan native who covers trending news, pop culture, crime and celebrity topics. When she’s not writing for YourTango, she is also a travel blogger and an actress.