The Apprentice star Lottie Lion accused the BBC for villanising her with "nasty edits".

TV bosses have banned the businesswoman from appearing on You're Fired and You're Hired after receiving formal complaints from her co-stars.

Now the businesswoman spoke out to defend herself against damning claims she is a racist, transphobic and homophobic amid her own mental health battle.

Lottie has caused a stir this series with her appearance for her controversial moves such as when she fired Carina Lepore from her role as sub team leader during a task.

The Instagram sensation let rip at the broadcaster for depicting her as a "cold, stone-hearted b****" in scenes leaving her "cringing" at the telly.

The Apprentice's Lottie Lion blasts BBC and her co-stars amid her anxiety battle

She told The Sun : "I'm not a racist and I stick to that. I need to show everybody I'm a kind, caring individual. I'm not this cold, stone-hearted b**** everyone sees on the series."

Lottie slammed the BBC aftercare as she insisted there was nothing the broadcaster could do after ruining her reputation.

The Apprentice hopeful - who has faced death threats on her rise to fame - confessed she is left cringing while watching the final edit of the show.

She elaborated: “I’m edited in a really nasty light. I seem horrible when I watch the show. I watch it and I cringe. You can see they’ve hacked and edited the footage as much as they possibly can, it’s not honest.”

TV bosses have banned the businesswoman from appearing on You're Fired and You're Hired after receiving formal complaints from her co-stars

Drama escalated off-screen as Lottie told rival candidate Lubna Farhan, who has Pakistani heritage, to "shut up, Gandhi" in a Whatsapp group.

In a sweary rant, she attacked her rival saying she would "f*** you up" and "upper-cut to the jaw".

Lottie claimed The Apprentice investigators team "knew" she "wasn't racist" when they probed her over the Whatsapp chat.

She explained she was responding to a Mahatma Gandhi quote about her and the comment was nothing to do with her race.

Now the businesswoman spoke out to defend herself against damning claims she is a racist, transphobic and homophobic amid her own mental health battle

Lottie told the newspaper her remark was met with laughing emojis from the Whatsapp group and Lubna was in on the joke.

It has had a devastating consequence on her mental health as she has been prescribed with anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication again.

She added: “I have struggled for quite a long time. When it came out and Lubna decided to villainise me it had such a huge impact on me. I was prescribed anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication, which I have been on in the past.”

She said she negotiated with the BBC after they threatened to take away the money she had been agreed to be paid for the show.

Lottie leads a glamorous lifestyle off-screen

Lottie rubbished claims she was homophobic and transphobic.

The librarian, who will propose a ladies' club for her business plan, cleared up the upset over claims she was transphobic.

Lottie - who is backing transgender Caitlyn Jenner to win I'm A Celeb - claimed she said the women have to meet the standard criteria for her club like everyone else.

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Also the brunette said she followed the crowd by calling Ryan-Mark Parsons as the "short gay one" and Riyonn Farsad the "tall gay one".

The BBC told The Mirror in response: "The wellbeing of the candidates that take part in The Apprentice is of paramount importance, and we have a thorough and robust duty of care protocol in place which includes an experienced network of support for Candidates before, during and after filming - including making support available at a location convenient to them.

“While this happened on a private messenger service once filming had concluded, the BBC nevertheless still expects the candidates to behave appropriately. The production company have looked into the issue and reported back, Lottie has been informed that her comments were wholly unacceptable and is in no doubt about our view on this.”