NEW YORK (CBS) Brooklyn prosecutor Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy, who was demoted after she appeared on Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" without permission from her bosses, has quit her job.
It is an ironic twist for a show that veered from its celebrity format this year to go back to its roots and help downsized workers find new jobs.
The 29-year-old Brooklyn prosecutor was granted a two-month unpaid leave of absence from her $50,000-a-year job in the DA's office over the summer, which was when she took part in the reality TV competition.
"If we knew sheNew York Daily News reports., the request would have been denied," said Jerry Schmetterer, a spokesman for District Attorney Charles Hynes, the
"It is not appropriate," Schmetterer added.Her courtroom appearances, especially when she was on TV every week, could unfairly influence jurors.
Saeidi-Azcuy was not fired but she was moved to a low-level job outside the courtroom.
"She was transferred to avoid any possible conflicts of interest with jurors, defendants or witnesses," Schmetterer said.
Saeidi-Azcuy, who was dubbed the new Omarosa by some for her sharp elbows on the TV show, did not respond to a request for comment on her decision to quit.
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