Mara MacDonald has latest info on Jim Fouts recordings case

Fouts denies it's his voice in recordings

DETROIT – Local 4's Mara MacDonald has been following the Jim Fouts alleged recordings case since the beginning, and she has an update on a new recording that was released this week.

Fouts has denied that it's his voice in either recording. You can read his response to the latest release here.

You can hear Mara's full update in the video posted above.

What happened

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said new audio released Monday by, which alleges racist and sexist comments by the mayor, is fake.

Fouts insists the audio recordings, which allegedly captured him making racist comments about black people and vulgar sexist comments about women, have been fabricated by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. The source of the recordings is not known and was not reported.

"Those are engineered tapes by Mark Hackel and his friends. That is not my voice," Fouts said Monday as he left a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Warren. "Those are engineered tapes inspired by Mark Hackel, just like the last one. It is not me. That is not me at all."

The "last one" Fouts is referring to is a recording released in December which allegedly captured him making comments about people with special needs.

Read back: Alleged recording of Fouts insulting people with special needs creates firestorm

When those recordings came out, the Warren mayor defended himself in a Facebook post. You can read that post here.

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