Fouts denied during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Warren that it is his voice and accused the Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel , with whom he has been feuding, of being behind the “phony, engineered tapes.”.
They were revealed today on the Motor City Muckraker website, operated by Steve Neavling, a former Free Press reporter who covered Warren City Hall. Neavling declined to reveal who provided the tapes, only saying that he believes they are authentic.
“Blacks do look like chimpanzees. I was watching this black woman with her daughter and they looked like two chimps,” the male voice says in one of the tapes on Neavling’s website.
In another, the N-word is used.
In two other tapes, the male voice disparages older women, calling them “mean, hateful, dried up …” and using vulgar terms for female genitalia to describe them.
“I’m not interested in any old ugly hag. I think after a certain age, they are dried up, washed up, burned out.”
Fouts denied on Facebook that it was him on the tapes, but refused to talk to reporters.
Hackel said he released those tapes to the media after receiving them from a source.
John Cwikla, a spokesman for Hackel, denied that county executive was the source of the new recordings.
“He’s not involved. He has no knowledge of these recent tapes. He has no further comment,” Cwikla told the Free Press.
The battle between the two men began over the dumping of dirt at the closed Freedom Hill County Park landfill in Sterling Heights. Fouts called it illegal and has accused Hackel of illegal actions.
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