Drew Lauter, former iHeart executive, can finally breathe a sigh of relief as an independent investigation sheds light on the true events of the controversial video that surfaced in 2022. The video, which appeared to show Lauter making derogatory and racially charged comments, sparked outrage and led to calls for his resignation. However, new evidence has come to light that paints a very different picture of what happened that day.
According to the independent investigation, the video was not a genuine depiction of events, but rather an orchestrated act by a disgruntled employee who had already been fired over multiple allegations of sexual harassment. The investigation revealed that the vice president supplied Lauter with a drug, most likely a benzodiazepine such as Rohypnol, under the guise of aspirin for his shoulder injury, and then prompted and recorded his actions as part of an «insurance plan» for some type of future extortion.
The investigation revealed many inconsistencies that had previously been reported in the media. The events in the video did not occur while leaving a golf event; Lauter left the event alone very early that day after a shoulder injury. The driver of the car was not an Uber driver, but a longtime friend of Lauter and others in the car, including the sexual predator’s direct boss.
The driver and others became concerned for Lauter’s safety after witnessing his erratic and uncharacteristic behavior, took his keys and insisted on giving him a ride home. The video also appears to have been altered and tampered with. The investigation discovered that the video was never presented to anyone at iHeart, as this individual claims. In addition, the video was kept for nearly a year before being made public after an unsuccessful attempt to reach a settlement.
Lauter, who faced intense scrutiny and calls for his resignation, has expressed relief that the truth has finally come out. He apologized for the words he spoke and acknowledged that he was ultimately responsible for them, regardless of the circumstances. He also expressed his gratitude to his friends and family for their unwavering support and stressed his commitment to diversity and inclusion, which he considers vital to personal and professional growth.
«I am very happy that the truth is finally coming out about the events of that day. I am disgusted by the actions taken by this individual and regret the words I said. The fact is that this person was not a whistle-blower; rather someone who was creating a smokescreen trying to cover his tracks by deflecting the spotlight on me to assassinate my character. It has been a nightmare, a real violation, of one’s body and mind, being drugged and coerced into this while being used as a pawn.
Those who know me both personally and professionally know that this is not my character and I thank you all for your unwavering support. For those who do not know me, I understand how stories taken out of context can portray me in this situation. I ask for empathy, compassion and forgiveness. As horrible and nightmarish as this was and has been, it has not swayed me from my core belief that diversity and inclusion are imperative for true growth in life and I will continue my lifelong mission to push this forward, one person cannot dissuade me from that course. I will not let this moment define me and I look forward to my next chapter.»
In today’s fast-paced world of instant gratification and 24-hour news cycles, it is all too easy to rush to judgment based on incomplete information. This is especially true in the age of secret recordings, where snippets of audio or video can be disseminated online in a matter of seconds, without any context or verification. Before jumping to conclusions, it is important to remember the dangers of jumping to conclusions.
That is not to say that secret recordings should never be used in journalism. There are certainly cases in which they have been instrumental in bringing to light cases of corruption or other irregularities. But it seems that this is not the case. This is clearly an individual using a secret recording for personal gain and revenge, something we see all too often.